There may be nothing worse than septic problems right after you have the system serviced. Unfortunately, that happens more often than you might think. If you're like most people, you think that having your septic tank pumped will eliminate any problems you've been having with the system. That's not necessarily the case. You see, emptying the tank will remove the waste, but it won't cure more deeply rooted septic problems you might be dealing with. If your septic tank started acting like it was overflowing shortly after you had it pumped, you need to take a closer look. Here are four reasons why your septic tank may act up right after a service call.
Your Septic System Is Too Small
If you bought a pre-existing home, you may not know how big the septic system is. In most cases, septic systems are designed to be compatible with the size of the house they'll be connected to. But, that doesn't mean the septic system will be suitable for all conditions. For instance, if you have a large family or you do several loads of laundry each day, your septic system might not be able to keep up. If that's the case, installing a larger septic tank will reduce the stress and eliminate the need for excessive maintenance.
Your Tank Is Being Misused
If you're dealing with septic problems right after a service call, you may be misusing your septic tank. If you're like many septic owners, you think you can send just about anything through to your septic tank. But, that's not the case. Your septic system needs to maintain a delicate balance between waste and bacteria - good and bad. Too much waste combined with bad bacteria can destroy your septic system. Unfortunately, some of the substances that get flushed through to the septic tank can destroy the balance. Some of those substances include paint, solvents, and antibacterial cleaning solutions. If you find yourself needing to have your septic tank pumped more often than you expect, look at the substances you're sending through your septic system.
Your Septic Tank Has a Leak
If you just had your septic tank pumped and it's acting like it's overflowing already, there may be a leak. For most people, soggy seepage fields, and smelly puddles come to mind when they think of septic tank leaks. But that's not always the case. If your tank has a leak, it could be absorbing water from your landscaping or from seasonal rainstorms. If your tank is filling up too fast, have it inspected for leaks.
If your septic system is giving you problems, have it inspected the next time you need to have it pumped.
To learn more, contact a septic pumping company.
It isn't always easy to know where to start when it comes to household maintenance, but a few years ago I realized I needed a new septic system. We were having a problem with our drains draining properly, so we turned to some experts for some help. They walked us through every aspect of the plumbing process, and within a few days, we were having a brand new septic tank installed. It was great to see just how much better things ran when the septic was working, and this blog is evidence of how much something like that can help.