Reasons For Frequent Septic System Backups

If your household depends on a septic system for waste management, you must ensure it functions correctly to facilitate seamless waste management. However, if you have been experiencing frequent septic tank backups, it shows your septic system has a problem. So, what's behind the frequent septic tank backups? Read on to find out.

Flooding or Heavy Rainfall

Areas that receive heavy rainfall are notorious for frequent sewer backups. It gets worse if the rainwater isn't diverted away from the septic tank or drain field. As long as the groundwater seeps into the drain field, the septic tank will fill up quickly and will not have anywhere to empty the wastewater. As such, the wastewater will eventually back up into your home. 

You can, however, prevent such incidents by having proper drainage work around your septic system. Ensure that the area around your septic system doesn't have standing water.

You Haven't Cleaned the Tank in Years  

Most homeowners take septic cleaning for granted. They'll neglect their septic systems until they begin to show problems. So, don't be surprised when sewer backups start to rock your home. Unfortunately, the issue will recur until you clean or pump the septic tank. So, if you have been experiencing frequent backups, schedule a septic cleaning service before the problem gets out of hand.

Tree Roots Intrusion

Do you wonder why experts recommend installing septic systems away from trees? Well, it's because of root intrusion. Roots will naturally grow towards water and nutrients. So, if you have trees growing close to the drain field or septic tank, be prepared to deal with root intrusion. 

The roots will slowly grow toward the septic area, and they might end up penetrating the sewer pipes. The roots will eventually trap solids and cause nasty clogs in the sewer pipes. The clogs will, in turn, cause sewer water and waste to back up into your home.

Non Flushable Solids

Some folks have a nasty habit of using their toilets to dispose of solid waste. They'll flush sanitary towels, diapers, tampons, and other solid objects down the toilet. Unfortunately, these solids will take years to decompose or break down. And as expected, these solids can quickly form nasty clogs in the sewer lines. And when they do, you'll often have to deal with sewer backups.

Blocked Septic Filter

You may also experience sewer water backups if you have a blocked septic filter. A clogged filter will prevent wastewater (effluent) from making its way into the leach field. As a result, the effluent will make its way back into your home as it has nowhere to go. Septic filters must be changed and maintained to prevent such problems.

Contact septic services to learn more.