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Resolving Septic System Malfunctions

In a perfect world, your septic system would work perfectly at all times. The reality, however, is that septic systems often malfunction for a variety of reasons. In most cases, this is because of faulty design or poor maintenance. There are some soil-based systems which include a drainfield that are installed in places with either inappropriate or inadequate soils, too many slopes, or high ground water. These conditions often lead to hydraulic failures and contaminate any water sources that are around.

In addition, if you ignore the importance of routinely maintaining your septic system, solids in the tank are likely to enter the drainfield and cause clogs. To avoid these maintenance related issues, you should hire our septic professionals at Freedom Pumping to inspect and pump your system every three to five years. 

Common Signs of Septic System Issues

If you notice any of these signs, there’s a good chance there’s a problem with your septic system that needs to be resolved right away.

  • Water and sewage from toilets, drains, and sinks that backs up into the plumbing of your property
  • Slow draining sinks, showers, and bathtubs
  • Damp spots or standing water near or over the septic tank
  • Sewage odors
  • Bright green, spongy over the septic tank or drainfield, even when the weather is dry
  • High amounts of  nitrates or coliform bacteria in drinking water wells or surface waters

How to Handle Home Flooding

In the unfortunate event sewage from your septic system or plumbing fixtures back up into your home, it’s important to stay away from the sewage. This is because there’s a good chance it’s full of harmful pathogens. Also, reach out to your local health department or regulatory agency for information on how to proceed. 

They’ll likely encourage you to call a cleanup professional who will safely handle the flooding. Once they complete the cleaning, they’ll wash all of the clothing, tools, and equipment they used and disinfect any items or areas that were exposed with a mixture made of 90% water and 10% household use. In addition, they’ll thoroughly dry the area and suggest that you avoid using it until it has been completely dry for a minimum of 24 hours.

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