23 Nov 2017

Have you ever thought how washing agents influence your septic system? Septic tanks are an essential component of your house and different conditioners could endanger the proper functioning of your septic system. However, it is easy to avoid costly repairs if you understand the implications of making use of fabric softeners and other agents.

Septic Systems

Many homeowners discover that their septic system stops working due to a lack of knowledge how it functions and how to maintain it properly. One of the compounds that causes failure in the septic system is liquid fabric softener. Inning accordance with the Owner’s Manual  for Onsite Wastewater Equipment, liquid types of fabric softener should not be used;  nevertheless, dryer sheets are allowable. Depending upon the size of your house, septic system replacement can range in cost and complexity.

Damaged septic systems have the potential to contaminate household water supplies. The EPA recommends flushing your septic system every five years to avoid malfunction. If you are unsure whether your septic system works properly, Chattanooga Septic Systems provides inspection and all types of septic system repairs.

Plugged Soil

Usually, the problems with septic systems occur when the soil bed (the area outside the home that catches the septic products that move from the septic tank) ends up being clogged. Fabric softener used in washing machines has been shown to plug the dirt in septic tanks, causing breakdown and eventual failure.

What To Use Instead?

Washering filters are sometimes able to prevent an excess fabric conditioner residue, dust and various other bits from entering the septic system. All of these compounds, consisting of perfumed bleaches, have the possible to block the system. Among the best options is to use dryer sheets instead of fabric softener. They work in a similar way, adding softness and fresh-smelling fragrances to your clothing.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), advises that fabric softeners should not be used at all, recommending instead using plain chlorine bleach if necessary.

Preventative Measures

Control the frequency and volume of your washes. Doing a too much load of washing at once can overwhelm your septic tank. Try to do your washing consistently instead of periodically. Doing one to two lots daily, as opposed to 15  a week, will spare your septic tank tension and strain.

Septic system is vital for the health of your house. It can be effected by various factors, and your laundry as well.  For anything from maintenance to emergency repairs – if it relates to your wastewater treatment system, Chattanooga Septic Systems takes care of it for you! Don’t wait around for your septic service, call us now!

06 Nov 2017

It is rather simple to keep an eye on a lot of features of in residence, and symptoms of a trouble frequently present themselves in order to help you prevent expensive repairs. However, this is not the same with a septic tank.

Unfortunately, by the time you notice any signs and symptom of a septic tank failure, the treatment is most likely to be a big ticket. The only solution to protect your house and money and avoid a significant septic system repair work or replacement is to have regular septic tank inspections. 

The schedule for septic evaluations does differ to some extent because there are a variety of aspects entailed. The guideline is to have septic system inspection done every 3 years, however a more recent or older system should be done more frequently. If you have recently installed a new septic tank, this may seem strange at first. However, the reason for a brand-new tank to be inspected is to make sure that it is working correctly and that a mistake was not made throughout the installation as well as nothing keeps waste from flowing as it should. Any older equipment requires a little bit more attention and maintenance, so more regular septic inspections of an old system is also a great idea. Additionally, if you have a different system with complex parts, like electrical float switches and pumps, a yearly inspection is advised.

Every septic system backups more or less often. If not maintained properly, this may be a serious danger to your house and what is more important, your health. If you have a septic system, regular inspections or pumping should be a very high priority. It can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars for the repair or replacement of a septic system. Even more if you have to pay to clean up. Or even repair the house and yard from damage caused by a septic backup!


  • Uncovering the septic system
  • Pumping the septic tank
  • Visual inspection of tank , lid , baffle tees
  • Flushing the toilets
  • Checking for signs of back up
  • Identifying leaks
  • Verifying drain fields are taking water
  • Detailed records and Photos emailed at the time of completion

Chattanooga Septic Systems hires only the most highly qualified professionals with the expertise to detect and fix any septic problem you might come across.  If our specialists notice anything that shouldn’t be in your tank, they will certainly help you understand the cause of a problem and what you should do to stop it. If your septic tank needs to be pumped, we will take care of it immediately. This way, you also save time instead of calling for a second time to schedule another visit. Don’t worry about any extra service – usually, if you live alone or way from home most of the day at work, pumping is most likely not required. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

At  Chattanooga Septic Systems, we offer regular septic inspections for both residential and commercial properties to ensure your septic system works properly. Have noticed any red flags? Call us today!