Welcome to my site. My name is Jorge. The septic company sent a notice to my home recently about pumping out the tank. After living in my home for a few years, it was time to service the septic tank to keep it in good condition for years afterward. I watched in awe as the septic truck cleared the tank and restored the function of the system. I will use this site to discuss the process of servicing the septic tank. I will also talk about repairs commonly performed on the septic components. I hope you will visit often to learn more.
Waste should not overflow your septic tank. Otherwise, the waste might contaminate the environment and trigger infections in those who come into contact with the waste. Below are reasons why waste might overflow your septic tank.
Increased Water Usage
Your septic tank holds a finite volume of waste at any time. The waste breaks down in the tank and separates into solid and liquid parts before the liquid waste flows into the drain field. The tank's capacity depends on various parameters, such as your household's size and water usage habits. Your septic installer considers those factors during installation.
However, a change in your water usage habits might overwhelm the tank. If that happens, you might send additional waste into the tank before bacteria break the waste already in the tank. The additional waste might fill the tank and cause it to overflow.
Flooded Drain Field
The septic drain field absorbs treated waste for safe disposal. Like the tank, the drain field can handle a finite volume of waste at any time. Water, for example, from rainfall or melting snow, can flood the drain field and restrict its absorption abilities. In such a case, waste from the tank might not have anywhere to go and may overflow.
Compacted Drain Field
Septic contractors design septic drain fields with porous or permeable soils for efficient waste absorption. Anything that compacts the drain field interferes with its absorption efficiency. For example, regularly parking cars over the drain field can compact it. Waste can overflow the tank if something compacts the drain field and prevents it from receiving more waste.
Waste should freely flow through your septic system from the house to the drain field. Clogging that occurs between the pump and the drain field can cause the tank to overflow. For example, tree roots can clog the outlet pipes and restrict waste flow into the drain field. In such a case, waste will accumulate in the tank, overwhelm it, and overflow.
The solid waste that remains in the tank increases with time. Pump your tank regularly to eliminate the accumulated solids and maintain the tank's capacity. Otherwise, the space above the solid waste will reduce, and your septic tank won't handle the usual waste volume. If that happens, your tank will overflow even if you don't change your water usage habits.
Hopefully, you will take good care of your septic system, and it won't overflow. Unfortunately, septic tanks sometimes overflow even with good maintenance. If that happens, contact a septic contractor to diagnose and solve the problems.
Contact a local septic tank repair service to learn more.