Though your tank can handle many gallons of water, too much water at one time can overwork the system and cause solid waste to enter the drain field.
Are there dangers with digging near septic pipes?
To prevent pipe damage, call 811 before you begin any project that would require you to dig. A professional can detect which areas you need to stay away from. Remember, there could be more than just your septic system beneath your land - wires and cables may also run through your property.
What causes broken lines or pipes in a septic system?
A number of factors can cause baffles, lines, and pipes to break or crack, including:
Digging in the wrong place
Sulfuric acid or rust deterioration
Using a special camera, a contractor should be able to locate the crack or leak and replace the part.
What causes a septic system to be clogged?
Clogs or backups are usually caused by improper or too-infrequent pumping. Your tank is completely full, and solid waste is being forced through the outlet tee baffle and clogging it. Some signs that you have a clog include:
Wastewater backing up in your drains in your home
Foul odors in your home
Water draining slowly
What are dos and don’ts around the drain field?
Preventing septic system failure also involves keeping the drain field clear. Never drive or park over the drain field, and don't allow livestock to walk over it. Heavy equipment should also be kept away from this area.