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Don’t strain your drain!

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In addition to keeping items out of the system that do not belong, excessive water entering your system can cause septic problems. Here are a few ways to avoid straining your system with hydraulic overload.

  • Quickly fix running commodes
  • Quickly fix dripping faucets
  • Quickly fix malfunctioning water softeners
  • Avoid consecutive loads of laundry
  • Avoid running multiple water use appliances at the same time
  • Avoid having more occupants that the system was designed for
  • Avoid frequent large gatherings
  • Avoid long showers, using multiple shower heads simultaneously, and using large bathtubs
  • Conserve water in general, which will reduce the amount entering the system

Septic system failure due to over-usage usually cannot be remedied by pumping the tank if the over-usage continues. Some systems recover after the tank is pumped and the over-usage subsides, but some do not. If the system is not able to accept your amount of household wastewater usage, the system may need to be enlarged or even replaced.

Questions? Give us a call. Phone consultations are always complimentary.


For 80 years, Van Delden Wastewater Systems has withstood the test of time as the leading Wastewater System company, providing San Antonio, Boerne, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country with services you can count on now and in the future. 

Call us for any of your wastewater systems needs and let our professionals help you with your septic installation and maintenance requirements: 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or 830.249.4000 (Boerne).


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