Sewage problems are every homeowner’s nightmare. It is especially troubling when a septic tank is used, and problems occur. Septic tank issues always make the homeowner feel isolated and alone, because septic tanks belong to the individual homeowner and are not owned by the local government the local sewage system. Septic Service Lebanon PA offers homeowners home sewage education and help clearing up septic issues when something goes wrong. 

Septic Tank Problems 

1) Too much water going into the septic tank, so that it overflows into your lawn. 
2) Non-biodegradable waste clogging up the septic system. Food, coffee grounds, grease, feminine protection products, diapers, tissues, cigarette butts can all clog up the septic system and cause water to overflow. 
3) Powdered detergents contain phosphates which encourage algae growth that can block the distribution pipes of the septic system. Instead use gel and liquid detergents that do not contain phosphates. 
4) Flushing or washing harsh chemicals into the septic system will kill the bacteria needed to break down the biological waste and it will kill the living plant life it encounters, plus pollute the soil. Harsh chemicals include paints, solvents, gas, motor oil, pesticides, drain cleaners, lye and paint thinner, to name a few of the primary culprits. 
5) Tree roots growing into the septic system. 
6) A buildup of solids on the septic tank floor. To clear out the buildup, the septic tank must be pumped out professionally. 
7) Strong odors coming from the septic system indicates a malfunction in the processing of the sewage. A plumber is the only professional that can find the problem and exact a solution. 
8) Septic tank collapse. Never build anything heavy over the septic tank, like a driveway, swimming pool, or storage building. Septic tank is not designed to be load bearing. 

Pumping Out Your Septic Tank 

Proper maintenance of your septic tank will prevent a whole host of problems. Regularly getting the septic tank pumped out will prevent the buildup of solids on the bottom floor. To ensure your tank will operate efficiently, have it pumped out every two to four years. 

Other Septic Tank Maintenance 

Septic system maintenance includes controlling the amount of water that enters your sewage. That means shortening shower times or using low flow shower heads and toilets and dual/or flush toilets. Also, spreading laundry washes across a few days rather than washing several loads in one day. Another way to maintain your septic system is to limit the amount of waste that enters it. If you have a food disposal, you should avoid using it to reduce the stress on your septic tank. Stop sending all the other non-biodegradable items and the toxic chemicals listed above into the system. The last form of maintenance is pumping out the tank on a regular basis along with having the tank and the leaching field inspected each time it is pumped. 

Septic tanks are designed to be operated under certain conditions. If you follow those conditions, your waste should be processed properly and efficiently. Call a professional to perform regular maintenance and when you encounter conditions that cause your septic system to malfunction and your septic system should last for the suggested 15 to 20 years.