Top Reasons Septic Systems Fail

Top Reasons Septic Systems Fail

Top Reasons Septic Systems Fail

Top Reasons Septic Systems Fail

If you own a Myrtle Beach septic system, properly maintaining it is key to its long-term effectiveness. From the cleaning products you use in your home to the proper toilet tissue, there are a number of elements to consider to ensure it continues to run smoothly. Ignoring these factors or forgetting to have the septic tank pumped when needed, can lead to a yard full of raw sewage and a large cleanup and repair bill.


The Elvis Service Company is committed to offering the residents of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding communities high-quality septic tank services at an affordable rate. We know that knowledge is half the battle when it comes to upkeep on the tanks and your entire plumbing system. To help you better understand how to care for your septic system, we’re sharing some of the top reasons septic systems fail.


Overworking the water system

Be conscious of the number of water-reliant appliances and activities that occur simultaneously in your home. When too much wastewater is produced and pushed through the septic system, it can cause sewage to pool at the surface or seep back into your home drains. Too much liquid being forced into the tank at once will overload the system. Some of the most common culprits include multiple water sources running at once – washing machine, shower, dishwasher – but common plumbing problems like a leaking toilet can also contribute. Be aware of how much water your family is using at once and avoid multiple, consecutive loads of laundry so as to not overload the septic system.


Damage to the tank

It’s possible to physically damage the septic tank and the connecting pipes with too much force. Driving on top of the area where the tank is buried, for example, can cause the soil to shift and possibly create a break in the pipes. Other invasive actions like construction, parking on the lawn, or planting trees in the area can create problems. If you opt for landscaping in the area, choose shrubs or flowers. Tree roots can grow into the tank, creating leaks.


Forgetting septic inspections

It’s important to know the condition of your septic system so you can catch small issues before they turn into major plumbing emergencies. Schedule a Myrtle Beach septic tank inspection every two to three years to ensure the tank and pipes remain in good condition. Your professional septic tank service provider will help you determine how often the tank should be pumped based on your water usage and the size of the system. Typically, the septic tank should be pumped every three years.


Poor installation

Your septic system may have issues or fail completely at no fault of your own. Poor design or construction of the septic tank can cause ongoing issues. If the septic tank was installed in impermeable soils or the soil was too thin, shifting of the tank can occur. Other issues to consider include improper size, inadequate grading, or installing the tank when the soil was too saturated. If you’re purchasing a home with a septic tank on the property, have a thorough inspection completed so you’re aware of any issues prior to moving in.


When properly maintained, septic systems can last for 40 years or more. Take the time to have your system inspected and pumped regularly and your plumbing will run smoothly.

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