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4 Common Septic Tank Problems

A septic system that's properly installed and maintained correctly should last for years, even decades. However, like any system in your home, your septic tank will occasionally need inspections and possibly repairs. Keeping up with regular inspections and maintenance can help prevent common septic tank problems from becoming costly.

septic tank in yard under inspection

1. Killing Good Bacteria

Avoid putting substances like hand sanitizers and medications down the drain as this can be harmful to your septic tank. Using harsh drain cleaners that include bleach or other antibacterial agents can also kill off the good bacteria needed to keep your septic system healthy. To keep your drains clear, try using our ENDURE Drain Line Maintainer. It’s a non-toxic, non-acid cleaner that’s safe for the environment and your septic system.

2. Tree Root Damage

Tree roots naturally seek any source of water—and that includes your septic tank. Tree roots can enter through cracks in the tank and cause significant damage. Simply cutting the roots away will not solve the problem as they will continue to grow back. You'll need help from a professional to resolve tree root invasion for good.

3. Flushing Non-Flushable Items

Non-biodegradable items take up space in your septic tank and will never break down naturally. This will raise the tank's water levels and create backups in the distribution system. Even many products marketed as flushable are not truly flushable and will damage your septic system. Avoid flushing paper towels, diapers, wipes, and feminine products. Flush only waste and toilet paper.

4. Odors

Odor is a common septic tank problem and is often a sign that the septic tank is full. The odor could also be caused by a dry drain trap. Water in the drain trap acts as a seal to keep gasses from the septic system out of your home. If the trap is dry, you'll notice a septic odor.

To help prevent these common problems and to keep your septic system healthy and functional, contact Brian Wear Plumbing today for assistance with any of your plumbing needs.

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