As with any home system, your septic tank requires routine maintenance to keep it running smoothly year after year. To prevent backups and failures, call Pristine Plumbing, Inc. when you need septic system service. We’ve served the residents of Orange County since 2008 with dignity and respect.
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Common Septic System Problems
Septic systems are safe and reliable systems for treating waste. However, failing to maintain your septic system can lead to problems that compromise the system. Below are the most common problems Orange County residents have with their septic systems.
Backups & Clogs
One of the most dreaded problems one can experience with their septic system is when it clogs. Clogs typically happen when you fail to pump it out regularly or when you flush non-biodegradable items down your toilet or your sink.
Too much water in your septic tank impedes the breakdown of solid wastes, which can block the plumbing. You can minimize the amount of water that goes into the system by scheduling laundry or dishwashing over several days instead of doing these chores all at once.
Another common problem we see is tree roots. Tree roots are naturally drawn to the moisture and waste present in septic tanks. If there are cracks or pinholes in the lines or pipes, the roots find their way in and eventually grow exponentially to form clogs.
At Pristine Plumbing, we’ve served the Orange County region with expert septic tank pumping, installation, and maintenance since 2008. Contact us today to schedule service.
How To Maintain Your Septic System
Taking care of your septic system isn’t complicated or expensive, but it’s a chore that you must do to keep your system running smoothly and to avoid problems that require costly excavation to fix. Here are a few simple things you can do to ensure your septic system works perfectly for many years.
- Get your system pumped out regularly. The average household septic system requires pumping out every three to five years.
- Reduce the amount of water that goes into your system by spacing out dishwashing and laundry chores throughout the week instead of doing them on the same day. When you put too much water into your septic tank, you reduce its ability to break down solid wastes.
- Be mindful about what you flush down the toilet. Too many homeowners treat their toilets as trash cans and flush all kinds of non-biodegradable items down the drain. The only things you should ever flush are human waste and toilet paper. Everything else should go into the trash, like dental floss, cotton balls, feminine products, and personal wipes.
- Beware of what you put down your kitchen drains. Like your toilets, you must be careful about what goes down the drain of your kitchen sink. Don’t pour things like coffee grounds, cooking oil, grease, flour, dairy products, or large food particles down the kitchen drain.
- Be careful of the chemicals used in cleaning products because they can kill the good bacteria your septic system needs to function. If you have a clogged toilet, try a plunger or call a plumber instead of resorting to chemical drain cleaners. Also, don’t use chemical toilet bowl cleaners because many of these products contain bleach.
- Lastly, call a professional septic system service once a year to inspect your septic system to ensure it’s working correctly and to fix any minor problems before they develop into expensive repairs down the road.
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Call Pristine Plumbing, Inc. For Professional Septic System Service
Your septic system should run flawlessly if you maintain it regularly; however, if you experience problems, it’s best to call a professional plumber to fix them. Here are the most common issues where a call to a septic pro is warranted.
You’ve Neglected Pumping The Tank
The average septic tank should be pumped every three to five years, so call a professional to get you back on schedule if it’s beyond that point.
You’re Expecting Heavy Usage
If you’re expecting family or guests that will increase your septic system’s usage, and you’re nearing the time when you’d typically pump the tank, it’s a good idea to do that now to ensure it’s ready for the increased usage.
Your Lawn Emits Foul Odors
One clue that your septic system is failing is if you notice foul odors coming from your lawn, which usually means you haven’t cleaned the system as you should, and the lateral field is overwhelmed.
You Have Soggy Spots On Your Lawn
If you notice soggy patches on your lawn, it could be that your septic system is overflowing or that it’s failing.
The best way to get your septic system back to normal as quickly as possible is to call Pristine Plumbig Inc for our expert septic tank services.