Tips For Preventing Problems With Your Off-Grid Home's Septic System

30 March 2016
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If you are moving to a remote home in an area without access to public utilities, then you will need to adjust the way you life day-to-day to accommodate your use of well water and a septic system. The good news is that by making some simple changes, you can prevent nearly all of the most common septic system problems, such as flooding, leaching failure, and system clogs.

Here are some tips to help you avoid each of these potential problems with your new off-grid home's septic system:

Prevention of Septic System Flooding

If you run too much water into your off-grid home's septic tank, then it will flood. Septic tank flooding is dangerous because it pushes undigested solids prematurely down into the leach lines and leach field. These solids plug up the holes in the leaching pipe and will harden into concrete in the leach field. These problems will lead to issues with proper drainage of water and system component failures.

To control the amount of water into your new septic tank, it is important to limit the number of showers you take each day, how many loads of laundry you do, and how many times the toilet is flushed. The easiest way to prevent flooding is to space out events like laundry that use a lot of water, and allow your septic system time to process water before introducing more.

Prevention of Septic System Leaching Failure

Septic system leaching failures are primarily caused by solid matter that has prematurely flowed through the leach lines. You can prevent this by ensuring that your system does not flood and that is has the least amount of solid matter within it as possible.

To prevent leaching failure, you should always keep these materials out of your home's septic tank:

  • coffee grounds

  • egg shells

  • grease

  • oil

  • bleach

  • chemicals

  • water softener salt brine

In addition, you should ensure that toilet paper used in your home meets the requirements for use in a septic system.

Prevention of Septic System Plumbing Clogs

Finally, some items can become entangled in plumbing drains and septic tank outlets. This causes a plumbing clog that nearly always requires that a professional plumber come out to your home and clear up the problem. To avoid this, you should always keep the following materials out of your septic system:

  • plastics

  • diapers

  • diaper wipes

  • feminine hygiene products

  • paper towels

  • tissues

Also, you should never flush any medications down your toilets as this can kill the natural bacteria located in the septic tank. To learn more, contact a sewer lateral repair service company. 


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