There is no one common cause of septic system failure, there are multiple complications that result in inefficiency. We’ve compiled some of the many possible septic tank failures that never fail to exist.
Damage to the system- septic systems are usually located underground, pressure from soil or parked cars can crush and burst pipes. If a tree is planted over the system, the roots begin to grow and expand causing physical damage. This type of damage is very common and often goes unnoticed for years. Chances are if you own a home with large trees you may find yourself in this situation.
Water overuse- septic systems treat the water from toilets, showers, sinks, laundry, and other plumbing utilities. When too much wastewater is going in, but not enough is being treated back-up occurs. Back-ups can lead to clogging or flooding within the system. The over usage of water is not only wasteful but over works your septic tank. Remembering to add beneficial bacteria back into you septic tank will slow down the potential of a back-up.
Zero maintenance- most septic systems require an inspection and tank pump every 3 to 5 years. Stalling maintenance can transform minor predicaments into major ones. The interior of any home is just as valuable as the exterior and when left untreated the cost of interior damage can be overwhelming. Interior damage is often cataloged to be more costly than exterior due to limited space, dirty work, and harsh conditions only a specialist can withstand.
Poor construction- if land sampling is not conducted before construction many problems can arise like: improper sizing, thin soil layers, installation in impermeable soil, steep grading and many more. All these will guarantee septic system failure prior to installation. Oftentimes when the proper research isn’t done to contract the best workers for septic tank installation you’ll end up with rising issues a couple of years down the road. Always invest upfront to avoid any complications after your project is completed.