There are a number of reasons your septic system can fail. The basic facts are, once it fails it is very unlikely that you will be able to fix it inexpensively unfortunately.  We at Custom Septic, Inc. try our best to help you find the most inexpensive way to repair or replace your septic. Here are a few reasons why your system may fail.

·       More use than the system was designed to handle.
·       The age of the septic system.
·       Failure to maintain the system properly.

More Use than the System was Designed to Handle

Septic systems are designed for the number of people that live in or could possibly live in the home. They go by the amount of bedrooms to determine the water usage per day.  When that is exceeded it floods the system and then puts untreated wasted into your septic drain field.  When this happens it can plug up your drain field and thus causing failure of the drain field.

The Age of the Septic System

The laws for waste management have changed drastically since the 70’s and 80’s.  With these new laws a system that was built back then can fail even if it’s currently working fine.  These laws are designed to protect the environment and the people around them. It’s unfortunate that a perfectly working system would have to be replaced, and very difficult to understand.

Failure to Maintain the System Properly

A good maintenance program for your septic system can prolong its life drastically.  Pumping every 2-3 years; If your system has a filter, cleaning it every 3-6 months; watching how many loads of laundry you do per day; bleach and bleach alternatives only 1 time per week; flushing only human waste and toilet paper down the toilet; not putting harmful things down the drain.  These are a few basic maintenance items that you will need to follow or your systems life will be cut very short.

Many septic systems that need to be replaced could have been prevented with some of these steps.  If it’s because of age, there is nothing that you could have done to prevent it, however remember that anytime you need to pull a permit from your city or county, you will need to have your septic system inspected.

Remember that Custom Septic, Inc. is always happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your septic system.  Feel free to contact us either by phone or via email.  Just go to the contact us section of this web page and send us an email.