August 20, 2018 by

Whenever you call in professionals to do septic system pumping in Hesperia, they’re going to take the opportunity to look over your tank and do any maintenance or repairs that are needed.  However, you’ll only need to septic system pumping once every 3-5 years, so it’s up to you to keep your system safe for the years in between.

This becomes a lot easier when you know about common threats to septic systems. Generally, a septic tank is self-balancing, but it can still be damaged. Here are a few things to watch out for:

Avoiding Common Problems With Septic Tanks

1 – Roots 

Some of the most common issues with septic tanks are purely physical, with the roots of nearby trees or shrubs making their way into it. In worst case scenarios, they could even puncture the tank. The solution is simply to always be aware of where both your septic tank and your drain field are. Then make sure to plant any large vegetation far away from the system.

2 – Clogged pipes

Obviously, a septic system will fail if its pipes get clogged up.  This will need professional intervention to fix. Most of the time, this is caused by inappropriate objects being flushed down the toilet. Remember, septic systems are not the same as city sewers, and they’re much less tolerant of foreign objects. Never flush anything down the drain aside from bodily waste and toilet paper; everything else is a potential clogging hazard.

3 – Microbial imbalances 

Septic tanks are a mixture of physical and biological systems.  Your tank has a living ecosystem of microbial life that’s continuously breaking down the material in the tank.  If that ecosystem gets out of balance, your tank can fill up too quickly, or backflow into the building or lawn.

Potential causes of this which you should avoid can include:

  • Too much food in the tank.  Don’t send your leftovers down the drain, even if you have a food disposal unit.
  • Too many harmful chemicals, such as bleach, being flushed.
  • Use of supposed “septic tank cleaning” chemicals which usually do more harm than good.


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