Resolving Issues With Your Septic System

by Claude Walters

There are a few very specific issues that are likely to crop up within your septic system, and resolving them should be done in a timely manner. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, but doing so can help ensure that you handle it properly and avoid the root cause in the future. There are a number of products that offer a quick fix for septic system problems, but they may not always be the right approach for your situation.

Problems In Your Tank

Often the problems in your septic tank are the result of the contents not being digested quickly enough to keep up with the rate that new solids are being added. The root cause of these issues can be traced back to several potential sources, including too much solid waste being added, too many solids being added that aren't septic safe, or a bacterial die-off caused by anti-bacterial agents. While products exist to help speed digestion of solids through the use of enzymes, these can sometimes cause more problems than they resolve. The enzymes can attack the septic bacteria present in your tank, killing them off or hindering their reproduction.

Rather than spending money on septic tank treatments the easiest fix is often to simply have your tank pumped clear of solids. The removal of the additional waste or anti-bacterial agents will help the septic bacteria in the tank re-establish a natural equilibrium with the environment, although you may need to reduce the use of your wastewater system for a few days. Make sure you consult with your septic technician to find out just what steps are necessary in the time following the clean out. Click here for info about septic tank cleaning.

Problems With Drainage

The last stage in wastewater treatment relies on your drainage field, which should be an open area of your property, free of roots, trees, bushes and the risk of standing water. Issues here often present as an unpleasant odor or soggy ground, both of which can be relatively easy to resolve.

Standing water is often the result of improper drainage in the soil, usually caused by soil compaction in the area. You can resolve this by aerating the area every few years to help keep the soil loose and create a suitable environment for the aerobic bacteria necessary to finish breaking down the waste water.

Septic tanks rely on several kinds of bacteria to function and ensuring a suitable environment exists to sustain them will keep your system working smoothly. If the same problem recurs frequently you should speak to your septic technician about a permanent fix. 

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