It is so frustrating to see your septic system failing. A well-constructed septic system should serve you for 15 to 25 years. But for this to happen, it is your responsibility to ensure proper maintenance otherwise your septic system is bound to fail. Before I share with you the remedies for your failed system, I would first like to give you the reasons why it failed in the first place.
• For a start, allowing excess water to drain into your septic system can pose a significant threat to your system. This is because the water entering the system carries solids with it, and when this happens at a high rate, your tank cannot prevent these solids from entering the drain field, and this causes clogging of pipes.
• Another reason for your system failure is allowing solids and foreign objects into your septic tank. Thes solids do not readily decompose, and they remain in the tank for a long time before they are pumped out. When you start smelling a bad odor or wet surface on your yard or plumbing backups, then this is not just the onset of your system failing but much worse, and you need to contact your septic system company.
Five Things you should do when your Septic System Fails
1. Pump Your Septic Tank
Although this may be a temporary solution, it may prove beneficial. In the event, the pipes from your house to your septic tank are not clogged, or you are not experiencing high water level in your septic tank, then having your septic tank pumped is the best option. This will remove the solid deposits from your tank; in fact, it is recommended that you pump your tank at least three times a year for even better performance.
2. Minimize Your Water Consumption Rate
A septic tank is expected to hold almost 120 gallons of water coming from each room every day. If the rate at which water waste enters the tank increases, it may cause backups which are evident in the soil surface on your yard or even in your house. Much water comes from your bathrooms and washrooms hence when you are not using the taps and showers you should turn them off to avoid further damage to your septic system.
3. Contact a Local Plumbing Inspector
When you call your plumbing inspector, they should access the extent of damage to your septic tank and come up with probable solutions. If the septic system is beyond repair, you may consider setting up another system elsewhere on your yard.
4. Install Perimeter Drains
This is mainly when the main problem is the saturated soils. Installing a perimeter drain will help reduce the water levels.
5. Community Sewage System
Constructing a community-based sewage system is highly costly but considering the benefits that come with it like reduced maintenance is a better option that you should consider.