Ask the Excavating Expert – Warren Schneider, President
Why do septic system fail?
The first and most frequent reasons septic systems fail is because of leaking plumbing in the home! Go through your home and see if you can find any leaking faucets or toilets. Leaking Toilets are the most frequent cause of septic overloading.
The second most common reason for septic system failure is due to septic overloading by running floor drains, sump pumps, eaves troughs and water-softener back-flush into the septic system.
The third most common reason for septic system failure is due to broken or clogged plumbing or piping. Frequently piping settles due to time and soil movement. Back when your septic system was originally installed, either PVC or clay tile was used to connect the septic tank to the septic bed. If the soil settles enough, the pipe will flex and bend or break, backing up the system.
The fourth most common reason for septic system failure is due to bio-mat buildup inside the septic system. Bio-mat is a sludge-type of buildup of black material that clogs everything it comes in contact with.
Bio-mat build up is nearly unstoppable, so this means that EVERY septic system begins to die, as soon as the first toilet is flushed.
Septic systems last longer when there is less waste flushed down the system, but eventually every system that is used daily will fail
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