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6 Common Reasons Why Septic Systems Fail
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Septic systems help you get rid of wastewater from your showers, sinks, toilets, and washing machines. Proper maintenance of your septic system can ensure smooth and efficient functioning for up to 40 years. Lack of maintenance can cause your septic system to fail and can result in costly damages.

Septic system failure signs include:

  • Slow drainage
  • Sewage backflow
  • Damp spots
  • Standing water
  • Slow flushing
  • Foul odors

Let’s take a look at some reasons why your septic system may fail.

  1. Wrong Type of Septic Tank

There are various types of septic systems to cater to the size of your house, the tank’s closeness to septic drain fields, the type of soil surrounding the fields, and the weather conditions in your vicinity. Some septic systems are as follows:

  • Mound Systems
  • Conventional Systems
  • Chamber Systems
  • Community Systems
  • Constructed Wetland System
  • Evapotranspiration System
  • Drip Distribution Systems

Make sure to install the correct type of tank to prevent failure of your septic system.

  1. Poorly Installed Septic Tank

Improperly installed septic tanks can cause septic system failure. It is vital to install your septic tank in the right kind of soil to allow efficient water absorption. Clay and silt should be avoided as they can prevent efficient wastewater drainage.

  1. Damaged Septic Tank

The main components of your septic tank include pipes that are connected to the tank, your home, the septic drain field, and the soil around the field. Damage to any of these pipes can damage your entire septic system.

  1. Draining the Wrong Substances

It is only acceptable to dump natural human waste and toilet paper in your septic tank. Hair strands, paint, hygiene products, cigarette butts, dental floss, and grease can cause clogs in your drainage system.

Clogs can cause leaky pipes, which can result in expensive repairs. Avoid flushing such materials down your drains, and make sure to get timely plumbing services in case of a clog.

  1. Excessive Water Drainage

Septic tanks have a limited capacity of wastewater they can hold. Any amount beyond that can result in the failure of your septic system.

  1. Drain Field Soil Failure

Lack of wastewater absorption is an indication of drain field soil failure, which is the major reason for septic system failure. Ensure timely septic system drain field repair to prevent the problem from escalating.

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Repair Products for Septic System Treatment

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Septic Perc®can restore your soil’s wastewater absorption abilities and Mega Bio™ can help you avoid drain field failure by lowering sludge buildup.

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Here’s How You Can Tell That Your Drain Field Is Failing
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If you’re noticing problems in your septic system, there’s a high chance that the drain field has stopped functioning.  If you don’t find a solution immediately, it can lead to flooding of homes or buildings and, of course, costly repairs.

When homeowners delay drain field repair, it leads to sewage backup which is the main reason behind drain field failure floods. To make sure you handle a drain field failure before it gets worse, here are all the signs you need to watch out for.

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7 Signs You Need to Empty Your Septic Tank
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A septic tank serves as an environmentally-friendly means to get rid of your wastewater. Septic systems are very convenient if your house is situated away from the city’s sewage system.

A septic tank gathers wastewater from your sinks, drains, and washing machines and empties it into a drain field. Septic tanks require care and maintenance as they have a limited capacity to withhold wastewater. Excessive wastewater can damage your septic and plumbing systems.

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3 Ways to Identify Hardpan Soil
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 Hardpan soil is clay-like and almost too hard to break down. It can persist and stay dense through different seasons. While rapid freezing and thawing can reduce the soil’s hardness, this isn’t the case with hardpan soils. Moreover, hardpan soil doesn’t allow root intrusion.

This soil layer is usually found beneath the topsoil. A distinctive feature that sets hardpan apart from other types of soil is its water-impervious nature.

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3 Things You Should Never Put in a Septic Tank
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What you flush down the drain significantly affects the functionality of your septic system. As a basic rule of thumb, letting trash flow into a septic tank is a recipe for disaster.

People often forget that a septic tank contains living organisms like bacteria that treat and digest waste. Trash that makes its way to your septic system can lead to leakages, cracked drain fields, and solid buildup.

Our high-quality septic system treatment product, Septic Perc®, opens up hardpan or clay soil. Coupled with Mega Bio™, it provides a powerful two-pronged attack.