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A septic system is a wastewater treatment system that manages wastewater from properties that do not connect to a public sewer system. Unfortunately, these systems can easily malfunction and constantly cause problems for the property manager. To prevent these, it is important to identify the causes of why a septic system fails. So, throughout this article, we will go through the common causes of failed septic systems and how New Era Plumbing & Septic can help.


Flushing Harmless Objects Down The Drains

One of the most common causes of a failed septic system is that people are not being mindful of what goes down the drain. There are substances that people call harmless when it does a lot of damage to the septic system. Some of these include but are not limited to baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and cooking grease. These should never be considered to be thrown down the drain. They most likely will clog the pipes and lead to backups. To prevent this, we recommend everyone to throw away the items if possible or recycle them. If you have accidentally thrown one of these items before and start to see problems with the system, call us to get your septic tank repair today.

Damage To The Septic System

As you may have already guessed, damage to the septic system can also cause it to fail. These damages can be caused by the age of the tank or environmental factors. One of these factors is tree intrusion. The roots of trees grow in directions where they sense nutrients. As septic tanks hold wastewater, the trees might start to grow their roots in the direction of the drains. In some cases, it can surround and pierce through the pipes. Another common environmental factor is the flooding of the septic system. This happens due to the backup of sewage, which contaminates the local groundwater. Lastly, the age of the septic tank also plays an important role in when and how often it gets damaged. A septic tank can go between fifteen to forty years. If the tank in your house exceeds this number, you might constantly see problems with the system. Call a septic company today to learn more.

Lack of Maintenance

Maintenance is crucial for many machineries. For a septic system, getting a septic tank cleaning will prevent the buildup of solids, which can clog the drain field lines. To add to the problem, any clogged drain field lines can also cause a backup of the sewage in the tank, contaminating the groundwater. To prevent this, you can also apply septic tank pumping as an efficient and quick prevention method.

New Era Plumbing & Septic

At New Era Plumbing & Septic, we are proud to have a team of experienced and qualified plumbers. Our services are for both residential and commercial properties. Whether you are in need of an emergency plumbing repair or a maintenance service to help save you time or energy, we are always at your service. Call us today to learn more about us and our services, or get estimates for your next septic tank installation.


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