Commercial septic systems work similarly to their residential counterparts, quietly processing the waste from your establishment. Although both systems are designed using the same methods and principles, commercial septic systems break down far more waste than the septic system in your home.
As a result, these systems are prone to wear and tear (and failure) if it isn’t properly maintained. It’s essential to know the signs of commercial septic problems before they become failures and repairs. Not only will this knowledge save your wallet, it potentially saves your business from having to close down while repairs are made.
3 Signs of Commercial Septic Problems
When it comes to residential septic backups and repairs, your life doesn’t come to a halt. With commercial septic problems and significant repairs, this could potentially mean shutting down your business for health reasons.
So, it’s essential to know the warning signs of commercial septic problems.
1. Clogged Grease Trap
This sign is self-explanatory. When food, grease, and other hard materials build up in your grease trap, it will create a clog. Depending on the severity, the clog can remain in the grease trap or affect your septic tank.
Clogs can cause a build-up of waste that can overflow in your kitchen. Also, clogs can cause the following consequences:
Health Concerns – A clogged grease trap can pose significant health concerns for your staff and customers. The fumes and odors emitted from a clogged grease trap can be unhealthy when inhaled. Not to mention the contamination from wastewater in your kitchen…
Fire Risks – Grease is highly flammable, and when there is a clogged grease trap, the risk of a flame is significant. Grease fires are challenging to control and spread very quickly, which can cause thousands of dollars in property damage and possible injuries/death.
Fines – A clogged grease trap is a health code violation and can result in several fines if a health officer were to examine your place of business.
Consequences like these prove that you should regularly schedule grease trap cleanings from trained professionals.
2. Strong Odors
An unhealthy commercial septic system produces unpleasant odors. This is because when a septic tank overflows, the wastewater inside will navigate back into your pipes, causing strong odors.
Odors such as these are not only health risks, but it creates an undesirable working and consumer atmosphere for both staff and customers.
3. Clogged or Slow Drains
Clogged and slow drains could mean commercial septic problems. Again, when a commercial septic tank overflows, wastewater will travel back into your pipes.
All this makes it difficult for your drains to work, causing slow drains or completely clogged ones.
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If you are experiencing any of the warning signs of commercial septic problems, it’s time to call the professionals! Especially since the warning signs could be fixed by a simple septic pump-out versus expensive septic repairs.