Understanding the structure and components that make up a septic system can provide valuable insights into the reasons these systems develop problems and require repairs or replacement. Septic tanks typically serve as holding and decomposition chambers for wastewater purification and the breakdown of solid waste. As a result, they can occasionally become overloaded with water and waste and may require pumping or other maintenance in order to continue operating at peak efficiency. Here are two of the most common septic tank problems and the most effective solutions for each.
Overflowing water in septic tank
Septic systems can become overloaded with water for a variety of reasons, including the following:
- Temporary increases in water use
- Failure of the drain field to dissipate and control water flow
- Lack of proper maintenance and pumping
- Clogged or damaged drainage pipes
- Inefficient tank bacteria
As a result, that water can cause soggy ground over the septic tank or result in an overloaded leach field area. More efficient processing and management of wastewater decomposition and remediation is typically necessary in order to manage overflowing septic systems. In some cases, temporary overflows can resolve themselves naturally if household water use returns to normal levels. In other cases, homeowners may need to take steps to address ongoing problems in a proactive way.
- Repairing and expanding the leach field can increase its efficiency and improve overflow problems.
- Pumping is sometimes required even for perfectly functioning septic systems to remove excess sludge and floating debris along with overflowing water.
- Damaged pipes and conduits can be replaced, repaired or adjusted for proper flow; any clogs can also be removed from the drainage pipes to and from the septic tank area.
- Installing an aeration system to promote the growth of aerobic bacteria in preference to anaerobic bacterial systems can increase the decomposition rate and efficiency within the tank system.
Of these solutions, aerobic bacterial systems like those offered by Aero-Stream are the most effective long-term strategies for chronic septic overflow problems.
Eliminating odors and creating a healthier outdoor environment
Improperly maintained or poorly functioning septic tank systems can produce unpleasant odors and can cause outdoor areas to be unpleasant and unhealthy for family members and pets. One effective solution to this ongoing problem is the installation of an advanced aerobic bacteria system to promote greater efficiency. Anaerobic bacteria can produce dangerous and foul-smelling gases during the decomposition process. In contrast, aerobic systems are far more efficient and produce no strong odors as they break down solid waste within the septic system.
Aerobic bacteria systems cost far less than septic tank replacement and can be far more effective in resolving chronic, long-term septic tank problems than pumping, repair or replacement. By incorporating aerobic bacteria systems into the existing tank, homeowners can enjoy more reliable wastewater disposal and management indoors and a healthier, safer outdoor environment for family, friends and household pets.