Prevent Your Teenager From Killing Your Septic System

Posted on: 6 July 2018

If you have one or more teenagers in the house, then you have more worries regarding your septic tank than many other homeowners. Not only do you need to make sure yourself and the other adults in the house learn what you can and can not do when you have septic, but you also need to convey those things to a teenager, and you need to make sure they pay attention! Here are some of the ways you can prevent your teenager from killing your septic system:

Explain in full detail what can happen if your septic system backs up.

Giving your teenager a clear picture of what a septic system backup will be like can be a real eye-opener. Tell them to imagine their bedroom suddenly stinking like strong sewage. Remind them their friends may not like sitting in a room that smells like a sewer pipe.

Furthermore, explain that septic failure is also a health hazard, and this means the family would have to pack up and get comfortable in a small hotel room for a bit until the problem has been resolved. You may be surprised at how much attention this gets out of your teen. It's going to be mighty cramped in a room with their parents for days on end.

Provide your teenager with detailed information on what can cause the septic system to fail.

Explain to them that blocked lines are one of the more common reasons for septic issues. This means anything that goes down the toilets or drains can end up causing major issues that are costly for you, embarrassing for them, and a major inconvenience for everyone in the household. Some examples of things that should never be flushed or put down a drain include:

  • Condoms
  • Feminine products
  • Cigarette buts
  • Plastic
  • Cotton balls or band-aids
  • Fabric
  • Grease
  • Oil
  • Paint
  • Excessive amounts of hair

It's also important to let your teenager know that parking their car or allowing their friends to park their cars over the septic tank can also lead to septic failure. Along with vehicles, anything else that is very heavy should also not be parked over the septic tank including quads, boats, forklifts, bobcats, or anything else of this nature.

Approaching things in this manner with your teenager should give them some extra respect for your home's septic system, and this can decrease the odds of you dealing with septic troubles.

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My name is Jason Lawrence, or around my house I’m sometimes known as “Daddy Fix-It.” My wife Sarah and I have four children all under the age of ten. I didn’t start out as a guy who was handy around the house, but I am learning to become a do-it-yourselfer for sure. Did I mention that I’m a bit stubborn? There are times I struggle with projects a little too long, and it takes my wife stepping in to convince me that it’s time to call a professional. I’ve become especially handy with plumbing projects. I don’t know why kids think toys belong in the toilet and doll hair is good for the bathtub drain, but around here those are weekly events. I’m going to share some of my experiences, how I fixed some of our plumbing problems, and when it becomes time to call the plumber.

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