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Septic Tank Backup

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 8:42am

Would you drive your car 50,000 miles without an oil change? Probably not, but a lot of people don’t think about the regular maintenance that their septic system needs. However, by asking your Mr. Rooter Plumber to come out and do an inspection on your septic system you can maintain your septic tank system for many years. If you choose not to maintain your system it might fail which could require excavation and repair or replacement.

Your septic system should last a very long time if it’s properly designed, installed, and maintained. If you notice that the drainage in your house is becoming sluggish and sometimes there are temporary backups it’s time to call your local Greater Syracuse plumber. If there are also signs of a foul odor and mushy ground outside, then these problems together may or may not be signs of a deteriorating septic system and it’s important that it gets checked out as soon as possible.

When you notice the backup, don’t be tempted to use your own chemicals in your septic system. This is something that can cause more problems instead of fixing it.

  • Don’t overload your septic system. Remember to run your full loads of laundry and dishwasher at off-peak times to save water. If you can, spread out your laundering throughout the week because some cleaners can adversely affect the conditions of your septic tank. Harsh cleaning chemicals like bleach can kill the bacteria needed in your tank which could lead to backups.
  • Do not put kitchen grease down the drain!!
  • Do not flush cigarettes, diapers, or other non disposable/inorganic materials down the toilet.
  • Always check your sinks and toilets for drips or leaks.
  • Though concrete septic tanks have a number of advantages over the plastic or fiberglass counterparts, they can be affected by sewer gases which can hasten their deterioration.
  • If your lawn is suspect to damage from the septic truck, consider having your septic tank cleaned in the early winter or early spring. If your location allows it, when the ground is frozen is also a good time, however tank access or ground slope may limit this option.

If you suspect you have a problem, contact your local plumber as soon as possible. Mr. Rooter in Greater Syracuse covers Syracuse, Auburn, Baldwinsville, Camillus, Manlius, Liverpool, Oneida, and Skaneateles.

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