Tips For Septic System Safety

Posted on: 3 August 2023

Everyone with a septic system should know how to use it safely. Below are some safety tips for septic systems.

Understand the Risks

Dealing with known dangers is better than dealing with unknown ones. Understand the potential risks of your septic system to help you avoid them. For example, you should know that:

  • Septic effluent contains dangerous microorganisms that can enter your system via the mouth or open wounds and trigger infections.
  • Septic tanks are full of gases that can deny you oxygen and cause asphyxiation.
  • Some septic gases are explosive risks if exposed to naked flames.
  • You risk slipping and falling into open septic holes.

These risks usually depend on the septic system's condition.

Know the Danger Signs

A malfunctioning, poorly maintained, or abandoned septic system is more dangerous than another system operating normally. Watch out for signs that your septic system is becoming dangerous. For example, you should watch out if:

  • The septic effluent is backing up into the house
  • You can see signs of an effluent leak in the yard, such as damp areas or areas with unusually lush vegetation
  • You can smell septic gases in the house
  • The septic tank lid is missing or cracked

Contact a septic technician for repair when you notice the above signs.

Know the Locations of the Major Parts

Know where the major parts of your septic system are so you don't damage them and expose yourself to health risks. For example, you should know the locations of the septic tank/lid, risers, pipes, and drain field. That way, you won't excavate or start construction projects over the tank and damage it.

Stay Away From Open Tanks

Don't lean over an open septic tank to visually examine its contents; the fumes might suffocate you. Don't light matches near the tank to examine it; you risk an explosion. Don't walk around the tank since it might cave in. Instead, contact a contractor for system examination and repair. For example, the contractor may replace the lid if everything else is okay.

Limit DIY

A DIY septic service is not a good idea because you might not use the right equipment, personal protective equipment, or procedures. For example, you might contaminate the immediate environment and underground water if you try pumping a full septic tank yourself. Leave septic services to professional contractors.

As mentioned, septic malfunctions increase their dangers. Maintain your septic system to keep it efficient and safe. Remember to diagnose and fix malfunctions as soon as they occur. 

Contact a local septic tank system service to learn more.