Why Systems Fail
Unfortunately, septic systems have a lifespan. They last according to how they are used and maintained. Replacement can be terribly expensive and permits difficult in concept.
Contributing factors to septic system failure are:
- * Lack of maintenance, pumping of tank
- * Use of Antibiotics, Antibacterial cleaners, soaps, solvents, chlorine etc.
- * Breakage of inner septic tank deviding wall (requires tank change).
- * Lack of septic tank outlet pipe tee, baffle or filter which allows solids to enter leaching bed.
- Breakage of perforated pipes
- Rags or objects blocking inner tank outlet pipe.
- Saturation of leaching bed of either existing ground water or new neighbouring incoming water.
- Saturation due to fixture leakage or connection to weeping tiles which is a big “no-no”.
- frost due to rich water to sewage mixture.
- Depth of bed too deep.
- Poor surface grading.
- Too small to accommodate occupancy.
- Perculation of leaching bed materials.
- Backfilling around leaching bed.
- * Leaching bed has had lots of use.
- * Time
Verify that some of these conditions could be existent such as simply leaky faucets, toilets, inner tank blockages, broken pipes etc.