Septic System Failure – The 5-minute Guide That Will Save Your Home

I can’t count how many septic system failures I’ve seen just unquestionably decimate a client’s home; it’s in your best interests to read these 6 secrets carefully and not end up one of the unlucky ones.

6 secrets to averting septic failure:

1. Regularly maintain your septic system. By regularly I’m talking every 4 to 6 weeks. This will prevent you contaminating the drainfield around your tank.

2. Talk to your architect. If you both can’t find plans to the septic system in your home, it’s time to create them. A home inspector can ordinarily help you with this.

3. The only thing going down those septic pipes should be septic waste. This might sound like common sense, but you wouldn’t believe the foreign objects I’ve found in septic lines and tanks on inspections. This, despite the persistent claims by the homeowner that neither he nor his family would ever put something inappropriate in the system.

4. Don’t use additives when possible. Adding culture media to decompose gas buildup or bubbling in your system can, ironically, prevent your system from properly settling. Also, a lot of people use rejuvenators without first checking with an inspector–rule of thumb is, don’t use them unless specifically indicated by an inspector or septic specialist.

5. You want to direct that runoff away–not towards–your septic tank. Solids from the gutter or drain need to use a different path than the transport trail in your septic system.

6. Keep rainwater out by putting a tight lid on those access ports. Otherwise, your septic pump might have to work overtime. Your tank might also overflow–not pretty.

You can completely stay clear of septic system failure with the right procedures. Proper septic system maintenance will keep your tank and tubes in working order well beyond 20 or even 30 years.