Avoid These Septic System Mistakes

 Avoid These Septic System Mistakes

Maintaining your septic system properly, which includes having it inspected annually and pumped on a regular basis, will guarantee that it continues to function properly, you should avoid these septic system mistakes

If you’re new to owning a septic system, you may not be aware of the common faults that can cause your tank to backup, overflow, or fail completely.

The following are four of the most typical septic system owner blunders to avoid.

1. Misuse of the Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is a useful device that makes disposing of kitchen scraps simple.

Unfortunately, utilizing your garbage disposal on a regular basis can cause an imbalance in your septic tank, which is bad for your system and can lead to a failure that costs thousands of dollars to fix.


Naturally occurring bacteria break to digest the trash inside your septic tank.

There is a delicate equilibrium inside your septic tank, and if you use your garbage disposal to introduce too much waste, grease, and other food products into the tank, you will disturb it.

This stress will eventually lead your septic system to overflow or fail entirely.

Stop using your waste disposal as soon as possible.

If you insist on using this equipment, don’t put grease, oils, fats, or anything else down it that could block your disposal or septic system.

2. Misusing your WC

If your home has a septic tank, you should only flush waste and septic-safe toilet paper down the toilet.

Anything else will not only disturb the microorganisms in the tank but will also cause a clog.

When your septic system becomes clogged, the wastewater that cannot drain into the tank must be disposed of in a different location.

Back up via your toilets, sinks, and bathtubs from somewhere else.


The following is a list of items that should never be flushed:

Hygiene products for women

Wipes for babies

Toilet paper that hasn’t been branded as septic-friendly


Even if the cat litter is labeled as flushable, you should avoid flushing it down the drain.

In addition to being harmful to your septic system, cat feces can contain Toxoplasma gondii, a potentially fatal parasite.

The parasite will be introduced to your septic system, drainage field, and possibly the groundwater if you flush the cat feces.

3. Ignoring Warning Signs

As a septic system owner, you must be aware of the indicators that your system is blocked, backing up, or even malfunctioning.

Here are some of the warning indicators of a failing septic system to look out for:

Bad scents emanating from your tank or drainage field are noticeable.

Spots of visibly healthy, green grass on your drainage field, indicate that your septic system is leaking and the waste is overfeeding your lawn.

Sinks and baths that take a long time to drain

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should get professional help right once. Ignoring them could result in a messy and costly septic failure.

4. Neglecting Your Drainage System

The septic drain field is an important part of the overall system.

Following treatment in the septic tank, the effluent goes into the drain field, where it is filtered via the soil.

If you neglect your drain field, the wastewater will not be able to filter properly, causing it to seep into the groundwater or back into your home through your pipes.


Having your drain field inspected by a professional at least once a year is the best method to care for it.

Conserve water and never build structures or park your vehicle on the drain field to avoid overflowing it with effluent.


Avoiding these frequent septic system blunders might save you money on repairs.

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