Although you can’t see it, although you don’t think about it every day, and although it doesn’t need frequent maintenance, your septic system is still a vital part of your home. You should be thinking about the health of your septic system quite frequently, as it is responsible for managing all the waste that comes from your house in a healthy and environmentally safe way. If you somehow find out that your septic system needs to be repaired or replaced, either through telltale signs of malfunction or from an annual inspection, you are in for quite a shock in terms of how costly it can be. In order to be more prepared, the next time and to be more understanding, read on to find out the main reasons your septic system inspection went wrong and why you now need to repair or replace your septic system.
Maintaining your septic system is not that hard, especially because it does not even need to be done every year. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, should be getting your household septic system inspected by a professional, every three years. This maintenance includes an inspection for leaky pipes and an inspection of septic tank buildup. Then, the professional will determine if your septic tank needs to be pumped. If you don’t get this inspection done, there could be a buildup of problems that you may never know about. Things like ignoring clogged pipes, tank buildup, and leaky pipes are all issues that will cause your septic system to need replacement or repair. If you find out your septic system needs to be repaired or replaced during one of these inspections, it is likely due to one of these issues.
Excessive Water Use
A family household can hundreds of gallons of water, each day, if you aren’t careful about conserving your water. One of the issues with septic tanks is that they have limited capacity and this limited capacity is designed based on the expected rate of water flow from your home, based on its size. Therefore, if you are being careless about water usage, you run a huge risk of damaging your septic tank. Over time, excessive water usage is sure to lead to septic tank repair or replacement. It may seem like a little thing, but overusing water will eventually cost you more money than you think, because of the added cost of fixing your septic system.
Everything you put or flush down your drains makes a difference in how your septic system functions. If your pipes aren’t clean, then they will become clogged and cause other septic system issues. The pipes in your septic system are essential for carrying the waste from your home to your septic tank. If this function cannot be performed, your system will easily break and need to be repaired or replaced due to the extra pressure from the clogged pipes. If clogged pipes are the issue that is causing your system to fail, be sure to know how to prevent it for next time.
Improper Location or Installation
This is the one issue that is not the fault of the homeowner. While rare, this is still a reason that can cause your septic system to fail. If a septic system is installed in a poor location, such as near the driveway, if the wrong type of system is put in, or if pipes are improperly put together, your septic system is doomed from day one. These issues will be revealed in an inspection by a licensed professional, so if you are moving into a new home with a septic system, be sure to contact a professional.
If you are worrying about a septic system fail and need a repair or replacement, contact a professional for help today. Now that you know what caused your septic system to break in the first place, be sure to be more careful next time.