5 Tips to Prevent Septic Tank Failure

A septic tank in a yard.

Repairs for a septic tank failure can be quite expensive so it is important that you know how to prevent it from happening early on. There are generally 5 major reasons why a septic tank will fail and below are some tips on how to prevent each from happening.

1. Clear-out Sodium and Clay Build-up

One of the major reasons why a septic tank’s system fails is because of the combination build up of sodium and clay. The combination of these two creates hardpan which is a waterproof substance preventing the greywater from the septic tank from passing through the soil. This will flood the soil and rise up on the surface. To prevent this from happening, you can use products that will dissolve the build-up of hardpan. All you need to do is pour the product in your toilet or drainage to make its way into your septic tank system. However, if you start seeing pools of liquid near your septic tank then it is best to call a professional for help.

2. Regularly Empty Out the Septic Tank

You must remember that a septic tank needs to be emptied out at least once every three to five years. If the septic tank is left alone and is not drained out regularly, a multitude of problems can occur causing it to fail. If you start to smell sewer-like odors, then it means your septic tank is full. A full tank can also cause the pipes to clog so water is not draining properly.

3. Avoid Dumping Oil or Grease in Your Drains

Do not dump oil, grease, or fat in your drains since it can create sludge. Sludge, in turn, can cause clogging. A simple way to prevent this from happening is to put any oil, grease, or fat in a separate container. You can also douse the container first with boiling water to thin out the oil before draining it.

4. Never Plant Anything Near Your Septic Tank

Although you may prefer to hide your septic tank by surrounding it with lush greenery or colorful plants, it is a bad idea. This is because the roots of the plants can intrude on the pipe system of your septic tank. This is especially true if the plant has a deep and complex root system. However, if plants are already growing near your septic tank it is advisable to cut down these plants or kill the roots of the plants to prevent it from going into the septic tank’s pipeline.

5. Do Not Throw Non-Biodegradable Wastes

One of the main causes of septic tank failure is clogging of its pipelines. There are many reasons why the pipes can clog. However, one of the simplest and often most common reason is throwing waste that is not easily degradable into your drains. Prevent throwing in products like cotton balls, sanitary towels, tissues, paper towels, dental floss, paper cleaning tabs, feminine products, or even diapers into your toilet or drain as this can easily clog the pipes.