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Septic System Safety Tips

Septic System Safety Tips

A septic system plays an indispensable role in houses and buildings. The septic system drains wastewater out of a property and allows for safe disposal into the drainfield.

The septic system comprises of three main components: a septic tank, plumbing pipes that drain wastewater into and out of the septic tank, and a drainfield. Inside the septic tank, the solids settle at the bottom, and the wastewater is sent to a drainfield and then released into the soil.

Consider these practical tips for promoting safety if you have a septic system.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

If your septic system is not maintained properly, the plumbing pipes and walls will deteriorate, the solids will build up in the tank causing blockages, and result in drainfield failure. It can also lead to backed-up waste and water damage. That’s why it’s important to maintain your septic system every two to three years, depending on usage and size of the tank. When it’s time for septic tank cleaning, you can count on Septic Connection to get the job done.

Never Operate Heavy Machinery Around the Septic System’s Location

Do not drive or operate heavy machinery over your septic system because you can put too much stress on the system and end up with broken plumbing pipes.  Moreover, your car could fall into the septic tank.

Pump Your Septic Tank Regularly

Septic tank pumping involves removing the sludge, effluent, and scum in a septic tank before the waste builds up to a level where it can interfere with the proper functioning of a septic system. Septic tank pumping is an important part of maintaining a healthy septic system. If you fail to pump your septic system, you'll risk clogging your drainage pipes, experience backups, and expose your drainfield to harmful untreated wastewater. If it’s time to pump out your septic tank, call Septic Connection.

Never Go into a Septic Tank

The dangers of going into a septic tank as someone who is not experienced with septic system repair range from accidental injuries and infection to asphyxiation and electrocution if you hit electrical utility lines. Furthermore, an old septic tank can collapse, especially if the walls and cover of a septic tank have deteriorated. Ideally, leave septic system maintenance to an experienced "septic company near me."

Never Attempt DIY Septic Repair

There are many things that can go wrong with DIY septic repair. First, septic tanks contain hazardous gases such as hydrogen sulfide and methane which could suffocate you if you don’t know how to perform repairs in a safe manner. Moreover, a septic tank contains biohazards that could threaten your health. Secondly, septic systems live underground, so they are difficult to access unless you have the right tools and equipment.

You should also keep flames away from your septic tank. Avoid smoking, fire pits, and fireworks around your septic system. A septic tank contains methane gas which is highly flammable.

When you need septic repair services, it’s important to let a septic company help you out.

At Septic Connection, we provide septic system pumping, septic tank cleaning, inspections, repairs, and replacements.