Septic System Health Concerns

By | Septic Systems

When hurricanes Katrina, Andrew and Harvey caused mass destruction and devastation throughout the South, they brought the phrase septic system failure to the forefront. For almost everyone in cities affected by extreme weather, widespread septic system failure often leads to long-term health issues for many of the storm’s victims.

 

Fortunately — for most homeowners and business owners — health concerns due to septic system failure on a smaller scale remain preventable. While most cases never touch the scale of natural disasters, they need immediate attention.

 

Maintaining a clean and healthy septic system creates a hygienic environment for everyone. Broken pipes or faulty septic components cause more than damage to your home — it can seriously damage to your health. In addition, the parasites, bacteria, viruses and contaminants that pollute wastewater make contact dangerous for humans.

 

Coming in contact with physical sewage should never be taken lightly. Raw sewage exposure remains one of the primary causes of Hepatitis A and E. Coli. These diseases have long lasting and harsh effects on your body, including possible liver damage. Raw sewage also contributes to the growth of fungi,causing skin, eye and respiratory infections.

 

Broken septic systems leaks gasses into your home. Sulfide gas — a common septic emission — causes mouth, nose and throat irritation. Prolonged exposure to this gas and others leads to lung damage.

 

The clear signs of septic system failure — standing sewage or water and strong odors — rarely go unnoticed. However, the small signs also warn you that you might need service to your system. These signs include water and sewage from toilets, drains and sinks backing up into the home and slow drains in your as bathtub, shower or sink.

 

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How Often Is Service Needed?

By | Septic Maintenance

Cleaning and servicing your septic tank on a regular basis is necessary in order for it to last and do its job for a long time. It does not matter what type of septic system you have, all types need to be serviced regularly.

 

Many homeowners believe the common misconception that if their septic tank is not having any noticeable problems, they do not need to pump it. This is false and can lead to expensive repairs in the future if continued.

 

Septic systems build up solid waste at the bottom of the tank, while liquids and other lightweight materials float at the top. When the solid layer builds up enough, the sewage has less time to settle before leaving the tank and more solid wastes can escape into the soil absorption system. If the soil absorption system becomes clogged or backed up from this, sewage and wastewater will bubble up to the surface. Clogging or rupturing your soil absorption system and drainfield can cost thousands of dollars to fix.

 

An average sized septic tank typically needs to be pumped every three or four years. However, yours may need to be pumped more or less often depending on the size of your tank, and the number of occupants in your home. If you have a smaller tank with many occupants in your home, it will need to be pumped closer to every one or two years. If your tank is large and you only have a few occupants in your home, it will be okay to be pumped every five or six years.

 

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Signs of Septic System Failure

By | Septic Systems

Septic system failures make for unpleasant, frustrating and costly problems.

Your septic system handles all of your raw sewage, meaning that a system failure leaves sewage with nowhere to go — except into your yard or back into your home. Many people also understand little about septic systems, leading most to simply replace the septic tank, which might not be the source of the problem.

Fortunately, when signs of septic system failure exist, those who catch them and call trained professionals stand a good chance of successfully fixing the problem.

The primary warning signs of septic system failure include a rotten egg odor around the septic tank, sinks and drains gurgling or draining slowly, sewage backing up and wastewater pooling in and above the drainfield. If the drainfield is in danger of flooding, the grass above it may also be growing exceptionally well. When these symptoms arise, many people diagnose the problem as the septic tank. These signs, while indicators of a problem in the septic system, do not necessarily mean the septic tank is at fault.

There are two main sections of a normal septic system. The septic tank receives solid wastes from the house and uses anaerobic bacteria to break down the solids into simple gases and liquid. The processed liquids then travel to a drainfield, where the liquid waste is absorbed into the ground.

A common problem with this system consists of one of the pipes getting clogged by physical waste, which causes backups in the pipes. Another problem occurs when the anaerobic bacteria in the septic tank fails to decompose the physical matter quickly enough. In this case, physical waste is sent to the drainfield, gathers at the edge of the field and develops into a biomat. This biomat eventually spreads to cover the entire drainfield and prevents water from being absorbed into the ground.

While the septic tank can fail, other possibilities exist. If you notice any of the warning signs mentioned above, call a professional and get their opinion on the situation.

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