The last thing you want during a large event or on a job site is a septic system malfunction. You need to avoid these mistakes to ensure that your system continues to run smoothly. Read on to learn five ways people abuse their trailer’s septic system and why it can lead to big problems.
Neglecting Your Pump
The most common type of septic system abuse is not pumping the tank regularly. The longevity of the system depends on how often you remove solids from the tank which prevents them from clogging up the drain field. Implementing a routine check ensures your system continues to run without risking any damage.
Our largest septic tank is 300 gallons. It can hold out for a while before you need to empty it, but don’t let the capacity prevent you from doing regular maintenance checks. Cleaning the system also gives your maintenance provider a chance to thoroughly inspect the tank for other problems. They won’t be able to see everything in your system if it’s backed up from pump neglect.
Misusing the Water Flow
Your septic system can only deal with so much water usage. If you have many people you cater to, don’t rely on one trailer septic system to accommodate them all. For example, if you are on a construction site, chances are you have a large crew working with you.
Multiple trailers make it more convenient for your crew and the septic system. One system does not need to work overtime for everyone.
Keep vehicles away from your septic system! This is especially important to remember. Know where you placed your septic system and keep all vehicle traffic away from this location. You don’t want to risk the chance of anything running over the tank, pipes, or drain field and causing massive damage.
Treating the Toilet as a Garbage Can
Flushing anything other than toilet paper and wastewater down your toilet is a huge mistake. Manufacturers designed a toilet to dispose of two things only, so don’t force it to work harder than it’s meant to.
Your toilet is not the garbage. The trash bin next to it will gladly hold any discarded items you wish to toss out. Throwing things like napkins, paper towels, disposable wipes, or feminine hygiene products down the drain will cause the system to back up.
Ignoring the Drain Field
The drain field removes contaminants from the liquid that emerges from the septic tank. Because it has such an essential job for your septic system, you must pay close attention to this component. The same way you do regular checks for the pump, you should also check the drain field for issues.
Remember, to never park or drive on your drain field and keep trees and other plants at an appropriate distance. You don’t want roots to start growing in your drain field because removing them will prove difficult. Keep sump pumps and other rainwater drainage systems away from this area because excess water will slow the drainfield up.
Taking care of your trailer’s septic system does not have to be difficult or expensive. You only need to make sure you don’t abuse it. Here at Floods Royal Flush, we’ll help you. For more information visit our website.