Septic tanks and their associated features, such as drainfields, can function effectively for many years if nothing happens to compromise their operation. However, several developments in residential amenities can shorten the lifespan of septic systems if care isn't taken during the use of those amenities. This article discusses some of those things that can shorten the life of your septic system.
Whirlpools and Hot Tubs
Whirlpools and hot tubs are increasing in popularity among homeowners who want to relax and pamper themselves without going to a spa. However, these amenities can pose a big threat to the integrity of your septic system. This is because the huge amount of water that you discharge into the septic tank can overload the septic treatment system.
The water can cause the solids within the septic tank to be agitated during that inundation. Those agitated solids can find their way into the drainfield. The drainfield can eventually collapse if it is overloaded frequently. It is therefore wise to find an alternative way to get rid of the water from your hot tub or whirlpool. For example, the water can be discharged onto your lawn.
Garbage disposals elevate the quantity of solids that find their way into the septic tank. The scum and sludge layer in the tank will then increase dramatically. Untreated solids can then be discharged into the drainfield. Grease from your kitchen can also end up in the drainfield.
You can avoid this problem by ensuring that the size of your septic tank is large enough to accommodate the added solid matter from your garbage disposal. Local regulations often provide guidelines about the size of septic tanks that can handle the loads from garbage disposals. Only install a garbage disposal if your septic treatment system can accommodate those additional solids.
Water softeners can have an adverse effect on your septic system in two ways. First, some water purification systems dump large amounts of water into the septic tank at a go. This can disturb the suspended solids in the tank and cause them to enter the drainfield. Secondly, the salts used to soften water may affect the microorganisms that digest wastes in the septic tank. Consequently, undigested wastes can get into the drainfield. It is therefore prudent to find an alternative way to dispose of the water from the water softening system without draining it into the septic tank.
Ask a professional to assess the health of your septic system in case you have any of the features above in your home. That expert will recommend the best way to counteract any risks that are posed by that specific feature so that your septic treatment system lasts. For more information, contact a professional in your area like those found at Econocycle.