Understanding the Health Risks of Septic System Leaks

How to keep a septic tank in good condition

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to keep a septic tank in good condition

Most people who use septic tanks do so because their properties are not located near a public sewage pipeline, and they must, therefore, use their own individual systems to treat and store their household’s wastewater. Homeowners tend to be heavily reliant on these systems; without them, they would have no other way to safely remove waste materials from their houses. This is why it is so important for those who use these tanks to keep them in good condition. If you have a septic tank or are considering installing one, here are some of the things you can do to keep it in good working order. Identify and avoid the causes of septic system failure A septic system failure can be an enormous inconvenience to those residing on the property where the tank is located, making it impossible for them do any of their normal daily activities, such as washing dishes or clothes, bathing or using the toilet. Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent this type of problem from occurring. You can, for instance, try to reduce the amount of household cleaning chemicals that you pour down your drains; excessive amounts of abrasive drain cleaners, bleach, and laundry detergent can not only affect the biological balance inside a septic tank but can also potentially corrode the container itself, which could result in a leak. A leak is more than just inconvenient; when wastewater that has only been partially treated seeps out of a tank and comes into contact with groundwater, it can pollute nearby streams, rivers, and lakes. Additionally, make sure not to throw non-decomposable items, such as ‘extra strong’ kitchen towels, coffee grounds, and baby wipes into your kitchen sink or bathroom toilets. Because these products don’t break down easily, they are more likely to create a blockage at the system’s inlet baffle (the component which pushes the sewer line’s wastewater into the septic tank). Have the system pumped regularly Septic tank pumping plays a crucial role in keeping your system functional. When a tank is not pumped often enough, it can end up overflowing onto the grounds of the property. This overflow can also cause a backup of wastewater inside the house’s sinks and toilets. If this issue isn’t rectified immediately, the overflow could also block up the drainfield pipes, to the point where they burst and need to be replaced. This is why it’s absolutely vital to have your tank cleared out by a waste management specialist that offers septic pumping services at least once every three years. The exact frequency with which you’ll need to have the tank pumped will depend on several factors, including the storage capacity of your particular tank, the annual amount of waste water your household generates and the number of people residing in your...

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Things to think about to treat your septic tank well

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things to think about to treat your septic tank well

A septic tank is the central part of the plumbing in your house, and if it struggles, then the entire system struggles. Problems with your plumbing can also be devastating to your house in general, as they might lead to you not being able to obtain clean water for your needs. Septic tanks need to be maintained and cared for properly for your plumbing to work as intended. However, other than regular septic tank maintenance, there are considerations you need to take in your daily life to make sure you treat your septic tank as well as possible. Drain field Your drain field is an important part of your septic system, and there are things you shouldn’t do to it to make sure your septic tank can function as well as possible. Don’t drive over it, and don’t keep livestock in the area where it’s located. Putting heavy weight on top of a drain field can cause pipes to get pushed together, meaning your entire system can fail just because you placed a load on top of it. You should also avoid planting things on the drain field, as this also compacts the soil. Above your septic tank You should also think about the soil on the septic tank itself. Avoid putting concrete, asphalt or any kind of synthetic material on the ground under which your tank is buried. These materials stop oxygen from reaching into the soil above your septic tank, and the tank needs oxygen to break down bacteria in the tank. You should opt for having either bare soil or just grass above your septic tank to make sure that the oxygen can flow through the soil without hindrance and contribute to the process of breaking down bacteria in your septic tank. Large amounts of water You also need to be careful with the water you put in your septic tank. You should avoid emptying large volumes of water down your septic tank, as this might scatter the bacteria and thus ruin the process of breaking down solids in your septic tank. It won’t ruin your septic tank, but it will take quite some time to go back to the amount of bacteria you had in your septic tank before you flushed it with water. You should therefore avoid emptying pools or hot tubs into your septic tank. If you have any questions about your septic tank or septic tank maintenance, contact a professional in your...

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How Often Should a Septic Tank be Pumped?

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Often Should a Septic Tank be Pumped?

When it comes to your septic system, the single most important consideration is regular maintenance. Unfortunately, many homeowners ignore the system until there is something wrong. By calling for regular liquid waste removal for your septic tank, you can prevent solids from escaping to the drain field and clogging the solid pores. It is a good idea to seek these services, at the least, once every three years if your home does not have a garbage disposal. However, if the home does have a garbage disposal, yearly pumping may be necessary. Commercial Building Pumping Needs For commercial building owners, the frequency of pumps should be based on prior accumulation and past pumping records. In many cases, you can simply look at the pumping intervals to determine the schedule to follow. For example, in the past did you wait an excessive amount of time to have the tank pumped only to discover it was filled to max capacity? Or could you have waited a few more months for this service? Don’t Use the “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” Philosophy There are far too many residential and commercial property owners who believe that if there are no issues present with the system, they don’t need to seek pumping services. The fact is, this can be a serious and often costly misconception. As the system continues to be used, the solid materials will start to settle at the tank’s bottom, which creates a level of sludge. Lightweight materials, such as grease, will float to the surface of the tank, creating a layer of scum. As the sludge increases past the point of safe accumulation, the sewage will not be able to properly settle before leaving the tank. This will result in more solids moving into the soil absorption system and clogging it. This minimizes the ability for the liquid to be absorbed properly, causing the plumbing to back up and unsanitary wastewater to come into the drains and toilets of a home or business. Hiring a Proper Pumper It is important to find a service that understands what to do to ensure the septic system is able to work properly and safely once again. Take some time to research the options, to find the right company for the job. If pumping services are not sought on a regular basis, it may result in serious issues including wastewater backing up into the...

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6 Reasons You May Need To Consider Installing An Alternative Septic System

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Reasons You May Need To Consider Installing An Alternative Septic System

The traditional septic tank systems has been in use for decades. It consists of a simple structure that breaks waste down through decantation and anaerobic action before releasing it into a drain field. However, alternative systems are increasingly being used today. These alternative septic systems seek to perform the same task traditional systems have been doing, only faster, better and in areas where traditional systems cannot be applied. In general, an alternative septic system from a company like Biosystems 2000 is ideal if you meet any of the following conditions: There are already too many septic tanks in the area If you are located in an area where there is a cluster of homes around, and most have septic systems, you may be required to install an alternative septic system. This is because there is a limit to how much treated effluent the ground can accommodate at a go. When this limit is reached, measures must be taken to prevent contaminating ground water or surface water. Alternative systems such as those that use aeration or sand filtering can solve this problem by discharging cleaner waste. Your property is too small for a drain field If your property is located in a small piece of land, you may be disqualified from using a traditional septic tank. This is because you simply do not have enough space to accommodate the tank and a drain field. Remember that there are minimum distances that must be maintained between the main property, the septic tank and the drain field. Some alternative septic tank systems, e.g. those that use holding tanks, do not use a drain field. Your property is not condusive for a drain field Other properties simply cannot accommodate a drain field, not because of space but because the ground conditions are not condusive. Common examples include property that is too close to a water source, where  the water table is too high, where the bedrock is too high or where the soil is too loose or too elastic. In all these instances, it’s simply unsafe to use a traditional septic tank that requires grey water be released onto a drain field. You want a faster waste management system You may also seek an alternative septic tank if you want to improve the rate at which your waste water is treated. You can do so if your waste water levels just increased and you need a new system that can handle your  ballooning needs. Alternative systems such as aerobic tanks, filtration tanks or systems with dual drain fields can help you in this regard. You want to reuse the treated water indoors Water from the traditional septic tanks, though treated, cannot be reused indoors. However, with some alternative septic tanks, you can utilize treated water for washing clothes and flushing the toilet. To attain this goal, you can adopt alternative systems such as the reed bed filter or septic tanks that incorporate chemical treatment using chlorine. You want a septic system with less maintenance You may also be tired of having a septic tank system that requires regular maintenance. Although most alternative septic tanks require even more looking after, other systems need very little maintenance. This includes the worm-based tanks, which don’t need pumping, or tanks with separate holding tanks where the waste can...

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