Is your septic system failing? A septic system failure could create major problems both inside and outside of your home. But the potential mess isn’t the only thing to worry about. You should also be concerned about the health risks that you and your family could face if you don’t have your septic system properly serviced and repaired.
What Happens When Septic Systems Fail?
When a septic system is failing, it will often release fumes from the various gasses built up in the septic tank. Methane, for example, is highly flammable and toxic to people and pets. Sulfide gas is another common septic emission that can cause trouble in homes. It smells like rotten eggs, and prolonged exposure can cause irritation in your mouth, nose and throat. Septic tank fumes often carry airborne bacteria as well. Over time, these bacteria can cause sinus infections and other respiratory problems.
A failing septic system can also send mold spores back into your home, which is problematic for people with asthma and mold allergies. If left unchecked, those spores can lead to mold growth in parts of your home that are prone to moisture buildup, such as basements and bathrooms. Mold remediation can be expensive and difficult, so it’s important to take care of these septic issues sooner rather than later.
How to Prevent Septic System Failures
There are many ways to prevent problems with your septic system. If you want to avoid problems and potential health risks, here are some things to consider:
- Maintain the system by pumping regularly
- Hire a professional to inspect the septic system
- Limit Grease Discharge
- Avoid planting trees or shrubs near system due to root growth
If you suspect that your septic system might be failing, don’t wait to take action. Call Freedom Septic Service at (410) 795-2947 today to learn more about how our septic installation and repair services can help.
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