Septic Tank Repairs Can Be Costly – What to Do to Avoid Them

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As a responsible homeowner, you know it’s crucial to maintain all the vital systems on your property. But when homeownership comes with a septic tank, your septic system becomes one of the most critical parts of your home. Septic tank repairs can be both wildly inconvenient and shockingly expensive, not to mention…unpleasant for the average person. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of developing serious issues. Learn more about the most common reasons for septic tank repairs and what you can do to avoid them so your system keeps running smoothly.

Understanding Different Types of Septic Tank Repairs

Before delving into prevention strategies, let’s explore the potential for common issues associated with your septic system. Tanks aren’t the only components that can become damaged and require repairs, yet prices for repairs can vary widely depending on the nature and extent of the issue.

There are three primary categories that septic tank repairs typically fall into:

  • Structural Damage
    Physical damage to the tank itself, like leaks or cracks, requires immediate repair. In some cases, total tank replacement may be necessary in order to protect your water supply, your home, and the health of your household. 
  • Drain Field Problems
    Physical damage or improper septic tank maintenance can cause Issues with the drain field that extends away from your septic tank. To prevent this, never drive over your drain field, operate heavy machinery above it, or build heavy structures that can damage the components.
  • Clogs and Blockages
    Accumulated debris or items in the tank that can’t break down can cause clogs, requiring professional attention to resolve. Most clogs and blockages can be avoided by simply being mindful of what flows through your drains and into your system. 

5 Ways to Prevent Septic Tank Repairs 

While it can sound overwhelming to manage, the good news is that a well-maintained septic system and good usage habits can prevent most issues. To avoid potentially costly and disruptive septic tank repairs, follow these fundamental guidelines:

1. Invest in Regular Pumping

Routine septic tank pumping is essential. Removing accumulated solids is the only way to ensure continued proper functioning. The pumping frequency will depend on several factors, from your household’s size to how much water your home uses. Typically, tanks will need to be pumped every three to five years.

In Wisconsin, homeowners with septic systems are legally required to have them inspected every three years, so just staying in compliance with the law will help you take better care of your septic system. 

2. Think Before You Flush

Your septic system is not designed to handle non-biodegradable items like sanitary products, paper towels, or large amounts of grease. You should never flush anything but human waste and septic-safe toilet tissue.

3. Conserve Water

Heavy amounts of water flowing down your drains strain your septic system. Consider installing water-saving fixtures, repair any leaks immediately to reduce strain, and avoid using high-use appliances like dishwashers and laundry washing machines simultaneously. 

4. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

What goes down your drains can wreak almost as much havoc as what gets flushed down the toilet. Your septic system depends on a delicate bacterial balance to process solid waste effectively. Harsh chemicals can alter that balance, killing off beneficial bacteria inside the tank. 

5. Consider Your Landscaping

The last thing you want is to find yourself on the hook for septic tank repairs or repairs to pipes and other components due to root incursion. Avoid planting any trees near the drain field or shrubs with invasive root systems. 

Investing in your septic system’s health today can save you from significant expenses in the future. Avoid the headache of unexpected repairs and enjoy a trouble-free septic system. When you require expert guidance, inspections, or septic tank services, contact the trusted professionals at Sunset Septic.

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