Common Errors Homeowners Make with Their Septic Systems


For every homeowner, maintaining a working septic system is essential, yet it’s a duty that’s frequently disregarded until issues appear. Your septic system is essential to ensure that household waste is treated and disposed of correctly. However, many homeowners unintentionally commit errors that can result in expensive septic system repairs, environmental harm, and annoyance. We’ll examine the typical septic system errors made by homeowners in this extensive tutorial, providing advice on how to steer clear of them and preserve the health and functionality of your system.

Signs of Water Heater Leaks

Before delving into the common septic system errors homeowners make, it’s critical to identify potential septic system problems. Leaks in water heaters are a major sign of issues. Water heater leaks may appear unrelated to your septic system, but they might indicate plumbing problems that could compromise your wastewater management system.

1. Infrequent Pumping

The most frequent error homeowners make is not routinely pumping their septic tanks. Solid waste builds up in the tank over time, which can cause backups, jams, and even system failure. Depending on the size of your home and the amount of water used, pumping your septic tank should be done every three to five years. Avoid expensive repairs and ensure your system runs well by scheduling routine septic tank pumping.

2. Flushing Improper Items

Many homeowners need to learn what can and cannot be poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet. Items like chemicals, paper towels, wipes, sanitary products, and grease can cause severe damage to your septic system when flushed. These things have the potential to obstruct drain fields, upset the delicate bacterial balance in your tank, and clog pipes.

3. Overloading the System

Overusing water and overloading the septic system is another common error. Your system may be strained by routines like running the dishwasher frequently, taking long showers, and doing many loads of laundry in one day. Overflowing water can overflow the tank, blocking the normal breakdown of waste and leading to backups. Spread your water use over the week and consider installing water-saving devices to prevent system overload.

4. Ignoring Warning Signs

Disaster is guaranteed if septic system warning indicators are disregarded. You should never disregard warning signs in your yard, such as gurgling pipes, slow drains, bad odors, and wet spots. These signs point to deeper problems in your system that must be corrected immediately. Ignoring warning indicators can result in expensive repairs and significant damage. If you see any of these symptoms, contact a qualified septic service company right away so they can diagnose and fix the issue.

5. Neglecting Inspections

Regular septic inspections are necessary to spot possible issues before they get worse. Regretfully, many homeowners need to remember to plan regular septic system checks. In the long run, professional septic tank inspections can save you time and money by detecting leaks, cracks, tree root invasion, and drainage issues early on. Schedule biannual checks with a licensed septic service company to keep your septic system in the best possible condition.

6. Parking or Building Over the System

Building structures or parking cars on your septic system poses a considerable danger of injury. Compacting soil and crushing pipes, tanks, or drain fields with the weight of cars or structures can lead to costly repairs. Remember where your septic system is, and avoid parking or constructing over it. Contact a septic professional if you need help locating and designating the area.

7. Using Harsh Chemicals

Homeowners often use harsh chemicals to cover up smells or unclog drains, but they can harm your septic system. Chemical drain cleaners can destroy your tank’s beneficial microorganisms, preventing waste from breaking down naturally. Harsh chemicals can also harm the tank and drain field in addition to corroding pipes. For safe septic system maintenance solutions, talk to a professional or use natural, septic-friendly alternatives to chemicals.

8. Landscaping Mistakes

Your septic system’s surrounding landscaping can lead to several issues. If invasive root systems are positioned too close to a tank or drain field, tank and pipe damage may result. Pipes can get clogged and leaky due to roots getting inside of them. Moreover, when landscaping, compacting the soil with heavy equipment could damage and reduce the efficiency of the drainage system. Exercise caution and seek advice from a licensed landscaper with septic system installation experience when designing a landscape surrounding your septic system.

9. Improper Repairs

Repairing your septic system yourself can cause more harm than benefit. DIY fixes without the right tools and skills can worsen or generate new problems. Delegating septic system repairs and maintenance to skilled experts with the expertise and experience required to ensure a project is completed appropriately and safely is critical. Trying to save money by doing your repairs may cost you more in the long run.

Call MVP Rentals for your Septic System Today!

Septic systems need to be maintained with care, understanding, and precautions. To ensure your system lasts many years and functions properly, avoid common blunders and adhere to suggested maintenance procedures. Whether you reside in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Rexburg, Twin Falls, or nearby locations, MVP Rentals will assist you with septic system issues. Our priority is keeping your septic system in the best possible shape, so we offer everything from regular septic tank pumping and inspections to repairs and emergency services. Take quick action for your septic system cleaning and ensure MVP Rentals meets all your wastewater management requirements. Take your time while resolving conflicts.
Ensure your septic system is healthy and long-lasting by scheduling maintenance or inspections with MVP Rentals.

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