High Effluent Levels in Septic Tanks

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Sep

07

High Effluent Levels in Septic Tanks

Septic tanks can hold a lot of waste, but they do have a limited capacity. An average septic tank is designed to hold about 750 to 1,250 gallons of wastewater. For a septic tank to function properly, it should never be completely full. If the effluent rises to abnormally high levels, it may block the outlet pipe and even overflow onto your yard.

Here at Charlotte Septic Pros, we are a reputable septic company specializing in septic tank pumping, septic tank repair, and septic tank installation. Let’s walk you through some of the causes of high effluent levels in septic tanks and the possible solutions.

  1. Blocked Outlet Pipe

Blockages in the outlet pipe can restrict the flow of effluent from the septic tank into the drain field. The outlet pipe leading to the drainfield can get blocked as a result of tree root intrusion, accumulation of solids, pipe damage, and other causes. When the outlet pipe is blocked, the effluent has nowhere to go but to build up in the septic tank and even back up into your drains.

Solution

Have a professional septic technician inspect and clear the outlet pipe to ensure unobstructed effluent flow. Regular maintenance and inspection can help prevent outlet pipe blockages.

  1. Delayed Septic Tank Pumping

Infrequent or overdue septic tank pumping can lead to excessive sludge buildup and abnormally high effluent levels in the tank. A septic tank should be pumped every 2-5 years, depending on the amount of solids in the tank, the size of the tank, and other factors. If you delay pumping out your septic tank, you’ll end up with an overflowing tank.

Solution

Schedule regular septic tank pumping based on the recommended frequency for your tank size and household usage. This prevents sludge accumulation and maintains proper system function.

  1. Higher Than Usual Water Usage

A sudden increase in water usage, such as from hosting guests or a new appliance, can cause effluent levels to rise.

Solution

One of the measures you can take to keep your septic tank in tip-top condition is to be mindful of water usage during peak times. Space out laundry and other water-intensive activities. Consider upgrading to water-efficient appliances and fixtures to reduce the load on the septic system.

  1. Backflooding

Heavy rainfall or flooding can saturate the drain field and cause effluent to flow back into the septic tank. Backflooding might also occur when the drainfield is compacted or clogged.

Solution

Properly maintain and grade the drain field to prevent water accumulation. Consider diverting rainwater away from the drain field through appropriate landscaping measures.

  1. Malfunctioning Drainfield

A malfunctioning or failing drain field may not adequately absorb and disperse effluent. When the drainfield is unable to absorb and disperse wastewater, the effluent in the septic tank will have nowhere to go but build up to abnormally high levels.

Solution

If your drainfield is exhibiting signs of disrepair, have a professional septic company assess the drain field's condition. Drainfield repair or replacement may be necessary to restore proper drainage.

Professional Septic Services

Is your septic tank’s outlet pipe blocked? Is it time to pump out your septic tank? Has your drainfield malfunctioned and it’s causing backflooding? The experts at Charlotte Septic Pros are here to help. Charlotte Septic Pros is the septic company you can count on for all of your septic needs. Whether you’re in need of septic tank pumping, septic tank repair, or septic tank installation, the professional septic technicians at Charlotte Septic Pros have the expertise to provide you with reliable services.

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