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Signs You’re Abusing Your Septic System

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Signs you're abusing your septic system

Septic system abuse can happen in many ways. Most of this abuse will not be visible until the system is failing to the point of no return, which may lead to the home needing an entirely new septic system.

The #1 type of septic system abuse

The most common type of septic system abuse is not pumping the septic tank regularly — this is the most important factor in the longevity of the system because it removes solids and prevents them from clogging up the drainfield.

Another good thing about routine septic cleanings is that it gives your maintenance provider a chance to visually inspect your tank for other problems. If roots are entering the tank or if tank corrosion occurs, you can do preventive care to keep it from getting out of hand and leading to expensive repairs.

Regular septic tank cleaning can also minimize the effects of other abuses, some of which are detailed below.

Common septic system abuses

Flushing anything except toilet paper and wastewater – including (but not limited to) feminine products, paper towels, baby wipes, makeup remover wipes, disinfecting wipes, condoms, cigarette butts, Q-tips, etc.

  • Driving over the system
  • Heavy garbage disposal use
  • Excessive water usage
  • Excessive use of household cleaners
  • Washing paints, oils, etc. in the sinks
  • Pouring grease down the drains
  • Flushing unused medicine
  • Adding enzymes in lieu of pumping the tank (read why additives are a waste of your money)
  • Building structures over the system

Has your septic system been pumped?

If your septic tank hasn’t been pumped in 3 – 5 years, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a septic maintenance provider for a cleaning.

Van Delden offers professional and thorough septic pumpings, septic inspections, and septic repairs. Give us a call at 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or 830.249.4000 (Boerne) or contact us online to schedule an appointment.


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