Septic systems are a basic service that are a necessary addition to your home. Unfortunately, however, they are not perfect and sometimes run into problems. One common problem with septic systems is clogging.
Fortunately, a good professional service can easily help to remedy clogs and get your system running again. But, if you don't get to the root cause of the clogging, it's likely to happen again and again. For this reason, it's important to educate yourself on the causes of septic tank clogs. That way, you can prevent clogs from happening to your system.
Plant Life Near the Septic System
One thing that can cause clogs is having plant life too close to the outdoor part of your septic system. While trees and flowers may look lovely, their roots can sometimes break through septic lines.
When this happens, your system will either develop a clog or, depending on the severity of the break, may fail entirely. As painful as it may be, you will need to either get rid of the plant life near your septic system or have the septic system moved. Sometimes, this second option is your best bet since it can be hard to get all the roots and parts of plant life up and away from an area.
Flushing of Unsuitable Materials
The only thing that should ever be flushed down your toilet is toilet paper. Anything else that gets flushed runs the risk of clogging your septic system and causing you problems that can be costly to fix.
While just about anything extra that you flush down your toilet can be harmful, these are some products that are frequently responsible for clogs:
- Baby wipes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Cigarette butts
- Paper towels
Make sure you dispose of these items in the garbage can, not in your toilet.
Food in the Garbage Disposal
You might think that your garbage disposal is made for getting rid of food waste. However, it's really not smart to use it to toss out excess food.
It's okay for your disposal to catch little bits of food here and there, but throwing out a mostly-uneaten meal in this manner is not a good idea. The garbage disposal does break down food some, but it's often not enough to prevent clogging of your septic system.
Thus, throw large pieces of unwanted food in the garbage instead of down the disposal.
As you can see, you can do a lot to help prevent septic system clogs. Following these tips and having your system checked out by professionals regularly can go a long way in keeping your system clog-free and in great working order.