What types of plumbing problems require a septic tank repair? If you have a septic tank, take a look at the top clog-causing issues.
Do you wash your leftovers down the kitchen sink drain? Food waste and septic systems don't go together. Partially broken down debris (or whole foods) can coat your drains or cause a sludge-like buildup in your septic system. This can clog the pump and stop your system from working correctly.
To prevent food waste-related clogs, put all leftover debris in the trash. Never wash oil, fat, or food particles down the drain. While a garbage disposal might seem like an easy solution to this potential plumbing problem, it isn't always the answer. A disposal can tempt you into putting too much (or too large a size) food debris down the drain.
Your yard can impact your septic tank. Even though the trees on your property hang far above the tank's level, the roots can pierce tanks and the pipes that connect them to the rest of the plumbing system. Overgrown roots that enter a septic system will clog the drain or tank. This prevents the flow of water and waste material and can result in a serious backup.
Unlike food waste issues, a tree root invasion is more difficult to prevent. But this doesn't mean you can't stop the problem before it starts. Take your home's plumbing system into account before landscaping your yard. Even though a tree (or shrub) may seem small right now, over time the roots will grow and may reach the main drainpipe or tank.
If it's already too late to prevent root damage, you'll need a qualified plumber to repair and replace parts of your septic system. You'll also need to remove the offending plant-life and its root system. Failure to do so can result in a repeat problem.
A septic tank separates the solids from the liquid waste. Even though the tank can handle some solids, hygiene products (like excessive food debris) can clog the system. Never flush wet wipes or feminine products. These aren't septic system safe and can cause major damage.
Whether you washed your dinner down the kitchen sink drain, have too many trees in your yard, or accidentally flushed baby wipes down the commode, these common plumbing flubs can clog your system and lead to the need for an immediate septic tank repair. For more info, contact a septic tank repair service.