If your home uses a septic system to deal with your household waste, you may already have it pumped on a regular basis to keep it from overfilling. However, if you continuously flood the system with water almost every day, you may upset the balance between liquid and solid waste, necessitating more cleaning in between your scheduled maintenance. To keep this from happening, use the following tips to keep from flooding your septic tank.
1. Stagger the Use of Water in Your Home
One reason why your septic tank may be flooded on a regular basis is the way you use water in your house. Depending on your and your family's routines, you may tend to use a lot of water at certain times of the day, especially if everyone takes showers consecutively in the morning.
Or, you may decide to do all of your laundry one day a week, whether it be on the weekend or a day off during the week. While this may seem more convenient, the water from multiple loads of laundry flood the septic system all at once, making it hard for the tank to get rid of the excess liquid before the next deluge of water.
To combat this problem, stagger everyone's showers so that some members take one in the morning while others take theirs in the evenings. As far as the laundry, try doing a load every day or every other day. Allowing time in between high volume water usage give the septic tank time to recover.
2. Direct Your Home's Drain Spouts Away from the Tank
Another way you may be flooding your septic system is by directing your drain spouts either to the area above the tank or toward the drainfield. Even though this water does not directly enter the septic system, it can still affect its ability to balance out the water inside.
If the spouts dump water into the area after a heavy rain, the water will seep into the ground above the tank, potentially leaking into it. And, if the drainfield becomes saturated on the surface, the system will not be able to dissipate the water inside of itself as quickly.
If you notice that your drain spouts are directed toward your septic system's area, point them away. If you cannot easily do this with your existing spouts, attach flexible extensions so that you can position them however you need the water to go.
Even if you take the above steps to keep from flooding your septic system, its environment may have already become unbalanced with your previous usage that did not take into account the effect of excessive water on your system. If so, contact a septic tank cleaning service to have them pump out your tank so you can start fresh with your new efforts to prevent flooding of the tank.