Before you even turned on the faucet to draw your bath, you smelled something disarming. Instantly, you recalled what your septic expert said… that odors coming from your tub can mean trouble. You knew that you have not been a very ideal homeowner so you were guilty of what had happened. In just a few minutes, the septic expert arrived and started enumerating the probable causes of what happened:
1) Any hardwood plants, construction, or vehicles:
Hardwood plants, construction, or vehicles damage the septic components. You should make sure that they are transferred to another area of the yard. Hardwood plants invade the pipes and tank. The septic is the most accessible source of sustenance for large plants with more complex root systems. The invasive roots will clog and even damage the tank and pipelines. The construction or vehicles placed over the septic are heavy enough to crush pipes and cause failure.
You should know better than to dump non-biodegradable materials into your toilets, sinks, and drains. Substances like paint, disinfectants, diapers, napkins, condoms, and tampons cannot be broken down by the resident bacteria and having them in your septic could only lead to severe clogging and failure.
3) Dumping grease:
If you have an excessive diet of fats, you should not dump them into your system even if you have a garbage disposal unit. The resident bacteria will not degrade them easily. They will only stay in the system until they get scattered enough to clog the septic areas and cause failure.
4) Harsh and antibacterial cleaners:
Using harsh and antibacterial cleaners will kill off the bacteria that break down the solid materials in the wastewater. If the bacteria are eliminated, then the septic system will not function at all.
5) Pumping out during heavy rains:
When you pump out your septic during heavy rains, the mud and silt enter the system and clog it further. Wait for the rains to stop then ask your septic expert to pump it out.
6) Pump out schedules:
The sludge level will be maintained at normal levels when you adhere to pump out schedules. This will make sure that you will not have a failed system. It is not very expensive to maintain a regular pump out routine for your system.
7) Water load increase:
A drastic increase in water load will retard the bacterial activity in the tank. It will even stir up the sludge and disperse it into the drain field. These will contribute to the heavy clogging and failure of the system. It would be better if you ask your septic expert to help you install a dry well, make some modifications in the size or number of tanks, or redirect the gutter away from the septic area.
Odors coming from your tub can mean trouble. Inspect your home for septic tank odors. Inspect the outside of the house for septic tank odors. Inspect the drain field for dampness or wet spongy areas over the drain field. Inspect for grass discoloration over the drain field.
It has been a very stressful day for you. You have taken in all the stress at work. All you needed was that tub bath that you have prepared for all month. You needed to soak in all that fragrance and moisture. With the help of your septic expert, you were able to achieve the ultimate relaxation.
After a few hours in the tub, you already felt sleepy. You owed it all to your septic expert. As you went downstairs to make coffee, you recalled the reminders given to you. You owed it to yourself to have a smooth running septic system. There’s nothing like coming home to distress in your tub anytime you want to. Your septic system professional told you to remember that odors coming from your tub can mean trouble.