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What Can Damage Your Septic System?

Septic systems are built to last. Most homeowners won’t need to re-install their septic for as long as they own their home. 

That said, damage can totally happen. It’s important to watch for signs of septic damage in your property, so you can call for repairs before that damage gets too serious. Odor, standing water in your yard, and slow-flushing toilets are all symptoms of potentially dangerous septic damage.

But what can go wrong, exactly? Here are a few common problems that a California septic contractor can help you with.  

1. Moving Grounds

Remember, most septic systems stay underground for generations without replacement. In that time, the ground on your property can slowly shift. 

These shifts generally aren’t noticeable from above ground, but they can lead to small cracks in your septic tanks or pipes. Over time, that will cause leaks and low pressure. You may need a septic tank replacement if the damage gets extensive. 

2. Plant And Tree Growth

Trees and other plants growing on your property can also damage your septic system, especially the pipes. Roots growing around your septic pipes will constrict and eventually crack them.

To keep plant growth from harming your system, you should know where your septic pipes, tank, and leach field are located on your property. Keep this area clear of big plants like trees and bushes — that ground is the ideal place for an open field or light garden!

3. Heavy Vehicles

An older septic tank can crack under pressure. That’s why it’s important to avoid parking heavy machinery (cars, trucks, tractors, etc.) on top of the ground where your tank is located. If the tank is put under enough pressure, it could break and lead to a serious flood on your property. 

Septic damage is rare, but it can happen as your tank and pipes get older. Keep an eye out for signs of problems, and call a septic repair contractor whenever you think your system needs to be repaired! You’ll save tons of money by catching those issues early, before they can get any worse.