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Dos and Don’ts to Prevent Septic Tank Damage

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A damaged septic tank is a recipe for disaster. It can release waste into nearby water sources. Exposure to wastewater can cause a number of waterborne, serious, and even life-threatening diseases. If your septic tank is damaged or leaking, germs can get in your drinking water, rendering it unfit for human consumption.

You are legally responsible for maintaining your septic tank as a property owner. And with this, it is on you to take all necessary steps to keep your septic tank in tip-top shape. L.J. Construction is the leading septic tank maintenance provider in Sonoma County. Our team provides property owners with all the essential dos and don’ts to help them prevent septic tank damage.


Regularly Inspect Your Septic Tank

Regularly inspect your septic tank for signs of damage, leaks, seepage, and root intrusion. Keep an eye out for clogs and blockages. Check your septic tank for corrosion. Watch out for signs of abnormal wear and tear.

Have it Pumped Regularly

Have a professional pump your septic tank every two to five years. There are several benefits of regular septic tank pumping. It prevents foul odors and frustrating drain backups and keeps your septic tank from overflowing.

Regular septic tank pumping allows water and waste to move smoothly inside your septic system and can help prevent clogs that lead to backups. If a septic tank is not pumped regularly, untreated wastewater from it can find its way into nearby water bodies, polluting them.

 *Note: Septic tank pumping intervals can vary depending on the number of residents, septic tank size, and waste type. Your septic tank contractor will measure septic tank scum thickness and sludge depth to determine pumping frequency.

Use Water Efficiently

By reducing unnecessary water consumption at home, you can increase the life of your septic tank. To save water, replace regular toilets with high-efficiency toilets. Use faucet aerators, shower flow restrictors, and high-efficiency showerheads. Spread washing machine use throughout the week so your septic tank gets enough time to treat waste.


Use Chemical Additives or Cleaners

Steer clear of chemical additives and cleaners, as they can kill the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank and damage the system. Chemicals can also contaminate the soil. Use homemade cleaning solutions and biological additives.

Discharge Excessive Water into Your System

Too much water in your septic tank can lead to system failure. To minimize the water draining into your system, have your septic tank contractor redirect the rain gutter pathway. Reduce water consumption.

Construct Over Your Drain Field or Drive Over it

Refrain from constructing storage buildings, driveways, or structures over your drain field. Make sure roof drains are located away from your drain field. Do not drive or park vehicles on it. Plant trees at least 25 feet away from the edge of your drain field, or tree roots can damage your septic tank.

L.J. Construction is a leading septic tank contractor serving Napa, Sonoma, and Marin counties. Our septic tank specialists have a cost-effective solution to every septic tank problem. To schedule septic tank maintenance in Sonoma County, call (707) 823-0247.