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If a home is not served by the public sewer, it will rely on a septic system to dispose of the household’s wastewater. If you own a home with a septic system, it’ll be important for you to maintain it otherwise, the septic system can fail, leading to biological contamination and costly damage.

What constitutes a septic system failure? The purpose of a septic system is to help remove liquid wastes from a household and prevent biological and other contaminants from seeping into nearby wells, lakes, and streams. If the wastewater from your home gets into one of these areas, the septic system failed in some way.

What Causes Septic Systems to Fail?

What causes a septic system to fail? The greatest culprit behind a septic system failure comes down to the homeowner failing to properly maintain it. If a septic system is not pumped regularly, “sludge” will build up inside the tank.

After the sludge accumulates, it will flow into the absorption field until it becomes so clogged, that repair is impossible. How often do I need to pump my septic tank? The frequency depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • The size of the septic tank
  • How many people live in your home
  • Garbage disposal use
  • The number of solids in the wastewater

Signs You Have a Septic Problem

If you are not sure of how to tell if you have a septic problem, here are some signs to look out for:

1) house drains are not working,
2) you notice swampy conditions around the absorption field,
3) the tank outlet is plugged,
4) foul odors, or
5) the toilets are backed up.

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, we urge you to contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. to schedule a service call. We can evaluate the soil conditions, the plumbing fixtures, drainage, any flooding possibilities, and all other system components to ensure everything is properly maintained and operating efficiently!

Call 913-631-5201 to contact a Kansas City plumber!

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