How Long Will Your Septic Last?

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How Long Will Your Septic Last?

2 November 2018
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The quality of the design and installation of a septic system are some of the factors that determine the durability of a septic system. However, there are many other factors apart from this, so your septic system may fail prematurely even if it was properly designed and installed. Here are some of the things that determine the durability of your septic system.

The Pumping Frequency

One of the best maintenance practices you can give to your septic system is to pump it regularly. The pumping rids the tank of its accumulated scum. This is beneficial because the accumulation of scum in the tank reduces the effective size of the tank and allows untreated effluent to flow out of the tank. Therefore, coordinate with a septic technician, like those at Jarrach Cesspools, and have them pump your tank at the recommended schedule.

The Components' Care

The septic system is not just about the drain field and the tank; there are other components integral to the system's operations. For example, there are filters, pumps, outlet and inlet pipes, among other things. Damage to any of these components can cause the system to malfunction. For example, a blocked or crushed tank outlet will prevent treated waste from flowing out of the tank, which can trigger an overflow of untreated waste from the tank.

The Septic System Load

How much you use your septic system will also influence its longevity. For example, your septic system is likely to fail faster if you are using it with more people than it was designed for. Other habits that may lead to septic tank overload include flushing things down the toilet or washing everyday objects in the bathroom.

The Septic Tank Material

The material from which the septic tank is made also determines how long it will last since different materials have varying durability. Septic tanks are typically made from concrete, fiberglass, and steel, and they don't age at the same rates (fiberglass or plastic tend to last longer than the others). This is something you should evaluate during tank installation.

The Condition of the Soil

Lastly, the soil's condition will also determine how long your septic system will be able to serve you without problems. For example, waterlogged soil, compacted soil, or impervious soil will not be able to absorb the treated waste for a long time, hastening your septic system's failure.

As you can see, most of these are things you can control to ensure the longevity of your septic system. Consult a septic professional for more information on preventing premature septic failure.