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Three Reasons Why Your Septic System Might Fail

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One of the reasons why septic systems have been around for so long is how simplistic they are. However, even with the simplicity of the septic system, there are some common problems that will need to be addressed to make sure that your septic system lasts a long time. There are three things in particular that can break your septic system. 

1. Clogged Septic Systems

Clogs are a very common problem that can emerge with a septic system. Hair and other particles can block a pipe. If you have this problem, you might notice water backing up in your sink, toilet, or bathtub. However, this isn't a problem that is difficult to fix with a plumber's snake. However, make sure that you don't use a drain cleaner because this might damage your septic system.

2. The Accumulation of Sludge

You might think that you have a simple clog when your problem is actually sludge. Sludge is a normal part of owning a septic tank because a septic tank will hold effluent in the tank until the solids are able to settle to the bottom of the tank. Then, the liquid in your septic tank is able to escape from the tank and through the drain field. A drain field is a network of perforated pipes that your septic system depends on.

The solid waste that is left behind will eventually need to be pumped by a septic service. If you are not sure how often you will need to pump out your septic tank, contact a septic service and they will be able to give you advice.

3. A Failed Drain Field

If your septic system is not full, your problem might instead be a failed drain field. Then, you might find raw sewage on the ground as your septic system starts backing up. You might be able to prolong the life of your drain field through proper maintenance but all drain fields will eventually fail. Then, you will need a septic tank repair service. This is especially true if you have an anaerobic septic system.

If your septic system is in good condition, you might decide to simply expand the drain field. This is ideal if the rest of your septic system is functional because a septic system can be very expensive. However, whichever option you choose, you will want to make sure to properly maintain your septic system afterward so you won't have to replace your drain field for a long time.

Contact a local septic repair service to learn more.