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Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.

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2 Ways You May Be Inadvertently Causing Your Septic System Harm

by Charlie Clarke

No homeowner wants to harm their septic tank. A lot of septic failures are brought about simply by neglect, but ignorance can cause catastrophic failure as well. Educating yourself is the solution to this problem, so be sure to learn whatever you can about your system and always follow the advice of your experienced septic contractor or plumber

Here are two ways you may be inadvertently harming your septic system's functionality.

1. Putting objects and chemicals down the drain

You know that washing solid objects down the sink and bathtub drains is a bad idea because it can encourage the drains to clog. But did you know that even small items should never be flushed down the toilet either? Although a cotton swab or piece of dental floss may seem harmless, these can enter your septic system and cause problems there. They can build up in a lump and cause a clog that blocks wastewater from making its way to the septic drainfield, for example. 

And while chemicals won't build up to cause a physical blockage, they can cause a great deal of harm as well. Your septic tank relies on biological factors like bacteria and enzymes to process the waste that enters from your drain system. Bleach, drain cleaning chemicals, and similar substances can actually upset the balances of bacteria and enzymes in the tank, messing up a perfectly good system.

2. Ignoring the drainfield

Your septic drainfield is a critical feature of your property, but it's highly vulnerable as well. You need to know exactly where it is so that you can treat it with care. Some easy mistakes to make if you don't know this critical piece of information include:

  • Walking on the drainfield frequently
  • Driving or parking a vehicle on the drainfield
  • Putting an outbuilding, canopy, tent, driveway, or other surface above the drainfield
  • Planting trees or bushes near or on the drainfield

Trees and bushes can infiltrate the wastewater pipes and block them up with roots, while heavy traffic and large objects can compress the soil and make it drain more slowly. Covering the drainfield is problematic because then it can't evaporate, which can be a critical part of the treatment process.

These are just two ways in which you could be gravely damaging your septic system if you don't know better. Learn as much about the system as you can so that you'll be better able to care for it conscientiously and avoid unintentional damage.

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