Washington Septic Tank Failures: What You Need to Know
While most homes in the state of Washington are connected to public sewage lines, there are still a large percentage of homes who rely on septic tanks to handle their homes raw sewage. Septic systems are small underground tanks that provide basic treatment at a relatively low cost to areas without sewers.
Properly maintained septic systems operate well but when they’re neglected they are a threat that can cause damage to the local public’s health and ecosystem. Most septic systems are installed across rural counties where resources are scarce. Homeowners end up ignoring their septic system and relying on the “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” ideology. Unfortunately, ignoring your septic system can cause expensive damage over time.
In order for septic systems to work as they’re designed to, a chain of events must take place.
There are currently roughly 950,000 on-site septic systems (OSS) in the state of Washington, with a vast majority being found in the Puget Sound region. Many local governments require an inspection of home and business’ OSS when ownership changes hands. Counties surrounding Puget Sound have stricter regulations in place due to the danger faulty or failing systems could pose to local health.
When a septic tank fails, the drain field can become flooded with raw sewage and human waste. As that sewage begins to build, it can seep into our soil and eventually be pushed into natural water sources such as lakes and rivers. This water is used for cleaning, drinking, and so much more.
How To Maintain Your Septic System
Maintenance! Your septic tank needs to be inspected annually by a professional that is licensed and meets county standards. A routine check of your septic system is much more affordable than a possible clog or backed up pipe.
Flush Only Waste
Your septic system contains natural organisms that breakdown sewage over time. Pouring chemical drain openers, cooking oil or grease, or other toxins can disrupt the balance the natural organisms help to maintain. This can cause your system to fail and inevitably back up. When a septic system backs up, it will begin flooding your home’s sinks and toilets with raw sewage. This is an unpleasant experience and can disrupt your home and cost thousands in damage.
For nearly 40 years, FloHawks has been a leader in the plumbing and septic industries and regularly trucks more than a million gallons of waste a month. All of FloHawks’ trained professionals are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. Please contact us to schedule an inspection of your on-site septic system.