Septic Backup Stalling Laundry Day?
Your days are filled with errands and chores. You are cruising right along the road of productivity when a major home repair slams into your schedule. A septic backup is no joke, and when your laundry machine takes on the backup, you desperately look for answers as your hamper overflows with clothes.
Understanding your septic system’s needs:
A septic system will show signs as it needs maintenance. This article explains them in more detail, but here is a summary. Leaking will cause the lawn near your system to look more watered than the rest of your lawn. A slow drain may mean there is a clog or full septic system. Strong odors and water backing up into the lowest drains in your house mean a full septic system in need of immediate maintenance.
So your septic system is full and is starting to back up. Depending on the layout of your house, the water may head straight for your lower level washing machine. What is meant to be used as a cleaning machine is quickly tainted by the foul water from a septic backup.
Why is this septic backup happening?
During a septic backup, the system’s capacity is full and the water you are pouring into every drain from washing dishes to showering, and the heavy use of a washing machine have nowhere to go. Even overloading the amount of water into your system over a short period of time can cause problems.
The septic system is made to take in water and slowly it is leached into the surrounding ground. This is a brief summary of how it works, read this for more detail. However, if the system is bombarded by heavy water use, the water may pool in your yard or back up into your house.
What you need to do next:
Kline’s Services offers professional septic service. Their article explains the proper septic maintenance needed to help avoid serious problems.
- Regularly pump your system
- Use bacteria additives
- Add a septic filter
Keep your days running smoothly and your washing machine safe. Kline’s Services is here to answer any questions about your septic system or schedule your preventative maintenance, contact us today.
Poorly Structured Lines Ruined Washing Machine and Flooding Basement
That expensive washing machine sitting in your basement is likely to be the first piece of equipment to feel the pains a structural issue in your septic line will create. As water is unable to escape the basement due to the improper structuring of the line leading to clogs or flow problems, it flows back into your house, possibly causing serious electrical damage to your machine. A fried washing machine isn’t cheap to replace, and the electrical and fire hazards it poses is dangerous to you and your family’s safety.
What To Look For
Catching a structural issue or clogged septic line doesn’t have to be this dramatic or expensive, though. Take notice of small pools of water on your basement floor, or puddles in your front lawn, and recognize that they are symptoms of a structural issue or clogged drain line. Otherwise, something like our above-listed scenario might happen. Save yourself potentially thousand of dollars and tons of stress.
What To Do
When you see these things, don’t hesitate to call us at Kline’s Services. We offer a simple diagnostic solution, where our professionals will run a camera through the line, seeing any presenting issues in real-time. From there, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will consult with you about how best to handle the problem affordably before you ever have to deal with the catastrophe awaiting an opportune time to strike. As with most any septic or sewer issue, preventative maintenance is a painless and proactive way to assure that no nasty flooding or back-ups become part of your day. If you’re seeing any of these issues, get in touch with us and we’ll ease the worry from your mind.