A septic systems is an excellent method of treating household waste that can operate reliably for years. There are different types of sewage systems classes which have or can be utilized under various circumstances.
Unfortunately, a septic system can fail. The telltale signs of distress can include:
- greener grass or extra plant growth over the leaching bed
- brown or burnt grass in dryer times may indicate the system is too full
- the leaching bed area may be spongy
- slow drainage from plumbing fixtures
- odours may be present after it’s been raining or when water consumption is high
- the presence of darker coloured effluent on the surface of the leaching bed or nearby
- sometimes this effluent will back-up into the plumbing fixtures in the home.
It’s important if buying a home to have the septic system inspected. If you own a home with one then maintenance is key. There is no need to pump out the septic tank all the time either, as much of the bacteria or digestive enzymes are need to breakdown the waste. Only when the sludge accumulates because the bacteria cannot decompose the sludge any longer will you want to pump the tank out.