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Three Common Reasons for Septic Tank Failure

Septic tanks are the most important part of a plumbing system for homeowners who don't have access to sewers. Here are three reasons for system failure.

Septic tanks are the main component of a septic system, which also includes the drainfield, the source (the home or business), and the soil below the drainfield. The septic tank is responsible for storing and processing the wastewater that leaves the home. System failure can result in unsafe, unprocessed wastewater backing up into the home because it has nowhere else to go. Wastewater backup can be a serious headache for homeowners, in addition to causing sanitary issues. Learn about three common reasons why septic systems fail.


Insufficient Maintenance 


To keep things running as they should, septic systems require routine maintenance to keep the solid material captured inside of the tank from entering the drainfield. You should schedule septic tank pumping services every three to five years to prevent smelly backup sludge from building up and overflowing.


Excess Water Usage


If the septic system is overloaded with more water than the tank can handle, the materials cannot be properly absorbed. The standard flow rate of wastewater is determined by the number of bedrooms in your house; for every bedroom, the tank should be able to handle 120 gallons of water per day. When your household exceeds maximum water usage, the excess water backs up and can invite a host of problems to your septic system. In addition, other issues can lead to system overload. Leaky faucets and the invasion of groundwater can cause overflow and solid waste to back up into the home or drainfield. If your family decides to purchase appliances that add to your household's water consumption, like a washing machine or dishwater, consider not connecting them to your septic system to avoid further issues.


Design and Installation Flaws


Poorly designed or installed systems will fail more quickly. The septic tank should be installed with adequate space and appropriate soil. Space requirements can be determined by the condition of the drainfield, tank size, and sewage flow. If the soil is too wet or the elevation of the system components is miscalculated, wastewater can't be distributed evenly. When that happens, you'll definitely need help from the experts.


Septic tank failure can leave you with an overwhelming mess to clean up, but, luckily, you don't have to tackle the problem alone. Darrell Crews Septic Tanks can service your septic system, no matter the size of the tank or the cleanup job. Our septic tank experts offer a wide range of services to provide assistance to homeowners in Jacksonville, FL and the nearby areas. We are fully licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that you'll leave as a satisfied customer. Whether you need an inspection or to restore the system function, we're happy to help. Contact us to schedule a service appointment today.

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