Septic systems are very important in this day and age, but they aren’t without their downfalls. We understand the worry about potential problems with septic systems because there are quite a few things that can cause these systems to fail. Here is a list of the top four reasons for system failure that we have compiled for you to help prevent septic system failure.



There are a lot of things that shouldn’t be sent down into the septic system, and chemicals are definitely one of them. The eco system that exists inside of the septic system is very fragile, and it can be disrupted quite easily by chemicals. Moderate amounts of household cleaners or detergents shouldn’t be a major problem, but we suggest you use them very carefully. Bleach, solvents, pesticides, and other chemicals should not be put down the drain, as these are harmful to septic systems.

Foreign Objects

Putting foreign objects down the drain or toilet can potentially clog a septic system and cause backup, or other problems. Water and other appropriate liquids should be the only things that are sent down the drain into the septic tank. Garbage disposals can be major culprits when it comes to clogged septic systems. We advise that those who have septic systems do not use their disposal and instead put food in the garbage, as food materials can also cause clogging problems.

Poor Drainage

Septic system flooding or failure can often be caused by poor drainage. Careful planning should be taken when installing a septic system because the drainage field must be separated from any surface water in the ground. Septic systems should also not be installed in areas where the slope is greater than about 15 percent. Special designs can be used for different yard situations, but professionals should help when installing these systems. If you have a septic system that wasn’t installed correctly, we recommend you contact a company to help with a septic system repair.


Poor Maintenance

Proper maintenance can prevent a lot of problems that lead to septic system failure. Maintaining the area around and directly above the septic system is very important. The roots from large trees or bushes can damage septic tanks, so we recommend that foliage is not planted close to the tank. Getting a septic tank pumped every so often is also very important. Some professionals suggest that septic tanks should be pumped once a year to prevent problems, but each septic tank is different.

Septic system failure can be expensive and very inconvenient. Luckily, there are some things that can be done to prevent these kinds of problems. Avoiding putting chemicals and foreign objects down the drain, and properly maintaining your septic tank and the drainage field can help avoid septic system failure.