When you buy a car, you get an owner’s manual with instructions for car maintenance. Septic tanks can cost as much or more than a car, unfortunately no one gives instructions on how to install them. Some people don’t even know they have septicemia! As a result, many septic clean out fail unnecessarily.
The price of failure is high
The cost of failure is steep in both directions. More than 1,200 people die each year in the United States from contaminated water, and faulty septic systems are the leading source of waterborne disease in the country today. In a 2000 EPA report, 31 states listed septic systems as the second largest source of groundwater contamination. Septic systems are also very expensive to replace, with costs often ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 or more. Fortunately, there are some very effective and no-nonsense steps to solve this problem. Before we discuss solutions, let’s look at why sets don’t work.
Septic tank maintenance is actually quite simple to understand. If the system fails, the tank itself doesn’t fail – the soil in the drainage field fails. Most soil fails when it is clogged with solid matter and does not allow liquid to pass through it. For example, it can be blocked by solid matter coming from the tank when the tank is not pumped, or from the sink of the washing machine. Now your solution:
1. Use a washing machine filter.
Did you know that washing machines are the number one cause of septic system failure? The main culprit is the string created by the washing machines, which clogs the soil in the drying fields. Did you know that a typical family washing machine produces enough fibers for the carpet and the entire living room floor every year! Lint nets and nylon traps found in hardware stores capture 5% or less of these particles. Because lint particles are so light and small, they do not settle in the septic tank. Instead, they remain in suspension and are washed into the drainage field, where they clog the pores of the soil layer.
The problem is compounded by the fact that much of our clothing is now made of synthetic materials such as polyester and nylon. These substances are non-biodegradable and will not break down in a septic system. Instead, they pile up and clog the soil. Once these materials are in the soil, they cannot be removed. The good news is that a reusable filter attached to the washing machine drain hose can prevent lint from entering the sump tank. The filter, called the Filtered 160, costs $139.95.
2. Avoid excessive use of water
You can also damage your septic tank if you do a lot of laundry in a short period of time. In traditional septic systems, solids settle in the tank as the wastewater flows into the soil. If you put more water into the system than it is designed for, the large amount of water will flood your system and also cause the solids to travel down into the tank and be washed away (in fact, septics use water from their hoses to break up the solids in the tank before pumping them out).
A typical washing machine can use up to 60 gallons of water per load. On heavy days, you can easily run 400, 500 or 600 gallons of water through the system in a few hours. The solution is to distribute water consumption. Do one or two loads a day, not 10-12 loads on a Saturday morning. Water softeners can also damage your system by letting too much water through the septic tank. These devices can discharge several hundred gallons of water down the drain each week, water that is not contaminated and does not need to be treated. For more information visit our website https://www.allinsanitationservices.com/septic-tank-pumping-and-cleaning