Health Hazard | Negative Environmental Impact
Septic System Failure is one problem that no Rockford MN homeowner wants to encounter. Whether you are a long time Rockford home owner or are purchasing a new property in the area, it is important to know where you stand as far as the Health of Your Sewage Treatment System. A Septic System Disaster can result in Thousands of Dollars spent on Repairs or Upgrades to the operation. You could also be left with a big Health Hazard and Negative Environmental Impact felt for quite a while. Minnesota has state and local regulations to help Prevent a Sewage System Malfunction with Dangerous Sewer Gas, Sewage Backup or Water Contamination. Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) is Certified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for providing Septic Compliance Inspections, Septic System Repairs, Septic Designs and new System Installations and System Upgrades.
10 Reasons Why Sewage Systems Malfunction
Maintaining a Healthy Septic System is not very difficult or expensive. Most aspects of Preventing a Sewage System Disaster just requires good common sense. Below is a list of 10 Reasons Why Some Septic Systems Fail:
- Lack of Good Septic System Maintenance Practices. Remember to always keep a log of when your septic system was last inspected by a MPCA Certified Septic Inspector. He or she will be able to let you know if a problem is suspected and when to schedule septic tank pumping. Expect to have it pumped out approximately once every three years.
- Using Toilet as a Garbage. A good rule of thumb is to only flush down feces, urine and human waste along with toilet paper.
- Poor Septic System Design or Construction. The old saying “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” is somewhat appropriate in this case. If you want your sewage processing system to work at its optimal best then you have to start out with a good design. Installation of the complex septic components can be just as important as the quality of the components themselves.
- Excess Wastewater or Storm Water Runoff. Pay attention to how much water is used throughout the day. Try to spread out showers, loads of laundry and dishes to avoid overloading the septic system with excessive amounts of waste water. In times of heavy rains or area flooding, this may be especially important.
- Tree Root Intrusion. Roots from trees and shrubs can grow down into the sewer pipes and cause damage or clog them up. They can also be disruptive to the operation of the soil treatment area or leach field. Make sure that anything with a long root system is planted a safe distance away from all septic components.
- Use of Septic Tank Additives. There are many products marketed for preventing septic system disasters. Unfortunately, the improper usage of some of these products can actualy do more harm than good. Even the best tank additives should not be necessary to maintain a healthy septic system.
- Garbage Disposals. Food scraps that are ground up inside of a garbage disposal add to the amount of organical particals inside of the septic tank. The additional waste products can disrupt and slow down the organic treatment process.
- Antibacterial Soaps and Cleansers. Using more than the recommended amount of bacteria killing chemicals can be very harmful for the natural sewage treatment process. Your septic tank needs bacteria to begin the purification process before liquid waste moves on to the next treatment area. Bacteria in the soil provides a crucial step in cleaning wastewater before it is recycled back into the ground water.
- Compacted or Damaged Sewer Pipes or Soil. Avoid driving, building, playing or parking on top of a mound system, drainfield and sewage pipes.
- Frozen Septic System. Minnesota is well known for temperatures that dip well below freezing. A septic system can freeze up if it is installed wrong or lacks adequate insulation. Planting grass or other low maintenance vegetation can provide good insulation. And remember to leave snow cover as an insulator for the septic tank and soil treatment area.
MPCA Certified Septic Inspection & Repair
If you have any doubts about the effectiveness or Health of Your Septic System, don’t hesitate to call Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) for a Septic Inspection. Our decades of experience as a MPCA Certified Septic Inspector and Sewer Repair Contractor provides a wealth of information. We can help you to Prevent Sewage Backup, Well Water Contamination and a Dangerous Sewer Gas situation.
In Rockford and Delano MN, contact Custom Septic, Inc. (CSI) for a Free Estimate at 763-218-4769