New Septic System Publications
As springtime approaches and you spend more time out in the yard,
it may be a good time to do some research on your septic field and
system. First take time to locate the septic field area. Check for
signs of standing water in the yard, check for odors, inventory
plants in the field area. The U. of I. recommends that no plantings
be done about the septic field or lines.
These and other issues are addressed in a new publication that
is designed to help homeowners understand their septic system, how
to care for it, and how to troubleshoot problems. The new booklet,
"Septic SystemsA Homeowners Guide" is available
through county U. of I. Extension offices for a nominal fee.
When septic systems do not function properly, humans may come into
contact with wastewater that contains disease organisms and other
harmful substances. Nearby groundwater and surface water supplies
can also be contaminated. Failure of the system can be caused by
lack of proper maintenance, blockages or breaks in the lines, overuse
of water in the household, or improper design of the septic system.
Possible indicators of a failing system includes a sulfur or rotten
egg smell in the vicinity of the system or indoors, water and possibly
solids surfacing in the drainfield, or sewage backing up in the
house. Well water tests showing high levels of nitrates or coliform
bacteria may also be an indicator.
Topics highlighted in the new publications include maintenance,
failures, types of systems, additives, and related issues. To receive
the new University of Illinois Extension publications, contact your
local Extension office.
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