If your home has a septic system, then when you flush a toilet or take a shower, all the wastewater leaves through the plumbing and dumps out into the septic tank. Once inside the septic tank, liquid waste is processed and treated while passing through to a series of perforated pipes called the drain field, where the now-treated water then seeps into the soil underground. Because the majority of the septic system process takes place underground and in series of pipes, it is important to leave septic tank pumping and repairs to the professionals.
Do-it-yourself home projects are wildly popular for a variety of home improvements and renovations, but messing around with your septic system should not be one of them. Septic systems are actually quite dangerous for people who have not been properly trained in safety and precautions. From picking up diseases to accidents and injuries, there are many reasons why you should steer clear of the septic system and call in the professionals at Septic Masters, LLC when you need septic tank repair and pumping.
4 Dangers of DIY Septic Systems
The septic tank and drain field are located underground on the property and supported by an underground system of soil, gravel, and other materials. If you don’t know the age or history of the septic system on your property then you want to be extra careful to avoid parking heavy machinery on top, which could cause a cave-in. If you try to perform septic tank pumping yourself, you also run the risk of the tank cover or walls collapsing, which could cause serious injury.
The septic tank is full of liquid and solid waste that has left the home, including from the toilets, sinks, bathtubs, washing machine, and dishwasher. The human waste in the septic tank is toxic and the combination of waste inside the tank can be full of dangerous germs and microorganisms. If you accidentally touch the contents of the septic tank or even fall in, you risk serious infection.
In addition to infection caused by your exposure to the waste, you may also become unconscious or risk a fatality due to the toxic fumes inside the septic tank. There are many gases that are processed inside the septic tank and if you breathe in those fumes instead of oxygen then you risk asphyxiation. You should never breathe in the sewer gases coming inside the septic system.
Because the septic system processes dangerous gases, there is a risk of explosion when handled improperly. Never light a fire or use open flames like cigarette lighters in or around the septic tank. An explosion could cause significant damage to you, your property, as well as your home.
Safety Tips for Maintaining a Septic System
When your home has a septic system, there are many things you can do at home to help maintain proper functioning and help extend the lifespan of the system. Here are a few tips for how to safely and properly maintain your home’s septic system.
Know the Septic System Location
The first thing you will want to know is where the septic tank is located underground on your property. Knowing the location of your septic system will help you spot any abnormalities above ground, like pooling water or a foul odor. It will also help you to avoid driving heavy machinery over top. You should also avoid planting shrubs and trees with deep roots above the system because the roots can cause damage to the underground pipes.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
One of the best things you can do for a septic system is to schedule regular septic tank pumping and maintenance. Depending on the size of your septic tank and the number of people in the home, the professionals at Septic Masters, LLC can make a recommendation on how often you should schedule septic tank pumping, typically every 3-5 years.
Call Professionals for Emergencies
It is incredibly beneficial to have a team of professionals at the ready who can help you if you ever experience any septic system emergencies. At Septic Masters, LLC, our team is highly trained and skilled in safely addressing both routine and emergency septic tank pumping, maintenance, and repairs.
Call Septic Masters, LLC to set up a regular septic tank pumping schedule and get to know the team who will be there for you 24/7 if you ever have a septic system emergency.