This is another article that will cover how salt can block a raised mound system. Property owners are usually clueless about what raised mound systems are. They usually expect to have a septic system that is installed underneath the ground. When they are informed that their property’s soil has a percolation rate that is below or above normal rates, they have no choice but to have a raised mound system to treat their wastewater. It is a specialized wastewater treatment system, elevated or raised above the ground so that the additional filters can be fit into the system. The raised mound is protected by a construction fabric that keeps the system heated even if there is cold weather. You should make sure that the construction fabric is replaced if it is damaged before winter. If ice and snow enter the raised mound system, it will freeze over and you will end up with a contaminated home the entire winter season. Maintaining your raised mound system takes extra attention so that it could fit your property’s soil type well.
The raised mound system is just like an ordinary septic system. It is prone to issues such as blockage. To avoid blockage in your raised mound system, you should perform the following:
- You should make sure that you adhere to the pump out schedule that you have arranged with your septic expert. Just like an ordinary septic tank, the raised mound system needs its sludge to be cleared out regularly. Pump out frequency depends on the number of people you have in your household. Talk to your septic expert about the living arrangements in your home.
- Opt for environment friendly cleaning products. These do not harm the resident bacteria in your raised mound system. Using harsh chemicals kill off bacteria. Without these microorganisms, the solid waste products are not broken down. They just stay in the tank and clog the system.
- Dispose of trash properly. You should not dispose of non-biodegradable materials into your drains and toilets. Once these substances reach the raised mound tank, they cannot be degraded by bacteria. They just stay there and block the system.
- Remove vehicles and structures over your raised mound area. The heavy weight will damage the raised mound parts and clog the system. Just leave the area alone. Only grass could be placed above the raised mound system.
- You should know how salt can block a raised mound system. Salt or sodium carbonate is present in water softeners. If you have a problem with hard water, you know how difficult it is to perform chores around the house. You wash and rewash over and over again because the detergents do not lather up. Instead, the soap leaves you with sticky scum that blocks the raised mound system. With hard water, you also end up buying more soap. This destroys your budget. You also exert more effort and time doing your chores because you just cannot get rid of the dirt and grime. Using more water means you increase your raised mound system’s water load. As you know. Excessive water load stirs up solid waste materials. Bacteria are not able to degrade them. They accumulate in the tank. Then, they get pushed into the filters and surrounding soil absorption system. With water softeners, you are able to save on money, time, and water.
You need to consult your septic expert if you want to take control of the salt in your raised mound system especially if you need water softeners all the time. Excessive use of water softeners introduces salt into your raised mound. Experts believe that if you subject fresh water organisms like your raised mound bacteria into a saltwater environment, they will die off. If bacteria in your raised mound system are killed, then it will surely fail and leave you with sanitation problems. Be sure to talk to your septic expert so that they could add more additives to help you maintain your raised mound system despite your hard water problem.