The last thing you want to worry about this summer is a septic tank issue — and many homeowners could be innocently creating one every day without even realizing it. Your septic system is built to manage a lot, but modern day homeowners often neglect their systems by ignoring cleanings, not being mindful of what they flush, and not knowing the signs of an issue until it’s too late. To avoid spending the summer waiting for your plumber, here’s what you should know:
Poor Flushing Habits
From young kids to misleading labels, flushing the wrong things can be easier than you think. Your wipes might say “flushable,” but the truth is, they take far too long to break down, filling your septic tank and leading to a clog. Remember only to flush bodily waste and toilet paper. When in doubt, throw it out.
Tree roots can cause a world of problems when it comes to your septic tank. As they grow, they will wrap, drill, or push through whatever they need to. If your tree roots begin growing towards your pipes, it’s because they are attracted to the water. If your pipe already has a crack, they will grow inward, eventually blocking off your water flow. The best way to avoid this is by ensuring any new trees are planted away from your sewer lines.
Not Getting it Pumped
Out of sight, out of mind, we get it. Your septic tank isn’t always something you think about taking care of. If you can’t remember the last time you got your system pumped, and are experiencing slow drains, in addition to water backup, your tank could be full, and service should be scheduled right away. Of course, there is not always set time frame in regard to when your septic should be pumped. It all depends on your household size, water usage, and more.
Don’t forget to give your plumbing some TLC. If you're in need of plumbing services in the East Troy area, contact O'Leary Plumbing, Heating & Electrical today at (262) 314-4566!