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How to Avoid Common Septic Tank Issues

An improperly maintained septic system can be an absolutely nightmare to fix. From the smell to the cost, a faulty septic system is tough to stomach. Luckily, many of the most common septic tank issues can be prevented, all it takes is a little maintenance and help from the drainage contractors at BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors.

Preventing Problems With Proper Installation


Before a septic system can be constructed and installed, make sure that your installation team performs a "perc" test on the soil. A percolation test is a way of determining the amount of space and time required for the soil to effectively clean the drainage water before the water reaches the natural water table. Some building sites can't be approved for septic system installation because the soil doesn't "perk" properly, meaning that the soil just won't allow enough water to run through it. If you notice puddles of water in your yard, this could be a sign that your soil isn't capable of handling a septic system and you'll want to contact a drainage contractor for professional help.

The septic system installers from BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors will also take into consideration things like trees, topography, and ground water levels when installing your septic tank.

How to Handle an Overflow


Septic tank systems usually vary in size between 900 and 1,500 gallons. Smaller sizes are adequate for one or two people, or for a vacation home that's only used seasonally. When a septic tank gets too full, it overflows, resulting in untreated sewage water rising to the surface of the ground. Not sure if your septic tank has reached capacity? Just follow your nose! A septic tank overflow won't go unnoticed for long, so make sure you call in a professional from BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors at the first sniff of sewage. If your septic system has overflown, you'll need to have it pumped empty, and the ground around the system will need to be cleaned up as well as possible and then left to recover. Sometimes, if the overflow has been left untreated for a long period of time, the drain filed from your septic system will need to be moved to another location, often to the tune of thousands of dollars.

The best way to avoid an overflowing septic tank is to try and conserve your water use. If you're going to do laundry, try and do one load in the morning and another load in the evening. This will give the tank time to recover and send any grey water to the leach field. It's also important to inspect your septic tank once a year. The drainage contractors at BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors can measure the amount of sludge in your tank, check for leaks, and recommend whether or not you should have your septic tank pumped during this quick and simple maintenance appointment.

How Often Does a Septic System Need Emptying?

  • One person using a 900 gallon tank on a daily basis should schedule a septic tank pump once every 11 years.
  • Four people using a 1,500 gallon tank on a daily basis should schedule a septic tank pump every three years.

The best way to deal with septic tank issues is not to have any in the first place! Lessen the chances of problems with your system by scheduling regular septic system maintenance with the drainage contractors at BEST Plumbing & Drainage Contractors . Call 519-438-6565 to schedule your appointment now.

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