Three Mechanical Issues that Can Doom a Septic System

Mechanical issues can seriously affect the function of a household septic system. Broken pipes, malfunctioning equipment and blockages can create backups and reduce the performance of every element of the system. Understanding how your home septic system works can help you to address common issues before they result in reduced functionality and failure of your septic tank system. Here are three of the most common mechanical problems that occur in home septic systems.


The proper function of a septic system depends on the flow of solid wastes and water through the tank and pipes leading to and from the tank. Blockages can occur in a number of areas:

• Pipes that conduct water and waste from the home to the septic tank installation
• Conduits that carry partially purified water from the septic tank to the distribution box
• Distribution box system
• Perforated pipes within the drainfield where final purification takes place

These blockages can usually be dislodged by manual effort. In some cases, however, it may be necessary to enlist the help of a trained plumber or specialist to resolve these septic tank problems before they become serious issues that cause damage inside or outside the home.

Malfunctioning equipment

Pumps and other devices can sometimes break down as a result of water seepage, the buildup of biodegradable or inorganic material around the equipment or because of wear and tear on older pumps and devices. In many cases, upgrading to an aerobic septic system like those sold by Aero-Stream can remediate problems caused by growth or buildup of organic material within the tank. The increased decomposition power of aerobic bacteria can even eliminate many of these problems before they begin.

Broken pipes

Depending on the location, broken pipes may be easily replaced as a do-it-yourself project or may require the assistance of a trained plumber. In either case, handling these problems promptly can prevent costly backups and seepages that can lead to the failure of the entire system. A failed septic tank or drainfield can cost thousands of dollars in replacement costs; while pipe replacement may be costly, it is far preferable to the high price of the alternative.

By taking steps to manage mechanical failures quickly and effectively, homeowners can protect the longevity of their septic systems. This can prevent the exorbitant costs associated with septic tank and drainfield replacement and can allow many years of service from these important waste management tools.

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