Four Dangers To Watch Out For While Working On A Septic Tank

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Many people dabble in DIY plumbing as a means of saving money, but it isn't a good idea if you don't have the relevant knowledge. For example, before working on your septic system, you should educate yourself on the dangers of DIY septic maintenance.  Here are four examples of the risks you should be aware of:

The Risk of Falling

This is one of the foremost risks to be wary of when working on or near a septic tank, and there are multiple reasons for this. For one, the tank's lid might not be sturdy enough (due to natural decay or damage) to handle your weight plus the weight of any other tool or equipment you might be using.  A damaged lid isn't the only risk; even a sturdy lid can flip over and cause your fall as happened to a four-year-old girl in New Jersey (luckily she was saved).  Lastly, the fumes from an open septic tank may overwhelm you and cause you to fall into the tank.

The Risk of Fire

You should also be aware of the risk of fire when working on or near a septic tank. The operation of the septic system results in the release of different gasses, such as methane, that are extremely flammable and explosive.  Lighting a cigarette, using a lighted matchstick (or candle) to peer into the tank, and lighting brush fires near the tank are some of the common ways an explosion can rock your septic system.

The Risk of an Infection

Everybody knows that septic wastes contain dangerous microorganisms that can cause nasty diseases. Ingesting the wastes, for example when you drink contaminated well water, is a surefire way of getting an infection. However, ingestion isn't the only way to introduce the germs into our system. Sewage wastes can also make you sick when they contaminate open sores or wounds on your body, such as cuts that haven't healed.

The Risk of Electrical Shock

Lastly, you should also be aware of the risk of electrical shock when working on your septic system.  A typical septic system uses an electrical pump to move wastes, which can become loose over time and cause electrical malfunctions. You can also experience electrical shock when you accidentally rip out electrical wires when digging around your septic system.

These four examples show that septic system repairs and maintenance are dangerous activities. Unless you are certain of your competence and skills, leave your septic system maintenance to professional plumbers.

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