Finding Solutions for Your Septic Tank Problems

Got Kids? How Safe Is Your Septic System?

by Senanur Norder

Septic systems are generally safe for children. They can usually play on them or around them without any worries. The leach bed is also a safe place for your children to be, so you don't really have to worry about the safety of your septic system as long as it's operating properly. However, certain septic system failures can prove to be detrimental to your children. Some can even be fatal. For this reason you have to perform routine inspections on your septic system and make sure that any of the following problems are identified and dealt with immediately. 


Children can and will fall through holes created by broken septic caps and sink holes. Such a fall can result in serious injury or death, especially if nobody sees your child fall into the tank. In fact, several children die each year after falling into septic tanks. Walk your property regularly to check for holes as well as broken or loose lids. Talk to your children about the dangers of the septic system and warn them never to play on the lid or try to move it. 


Human waste contains a host of nasty stuff that can make your kids sick, such as e-Coli. While your septic system breaks down waste and only allows it to absorb into the ground when it is safe, a malfunctioning septic system can dump raw sewage into your yard. And you will know it when it happens. Walk your yard regularly. If you can smell sewage or if the ground seems saturated, you may have a problem with your septic tank that needs repaired immediately. 


Although most of your septic system is beneath the ground, portions of it stick out above the ground, which can be a tripping hazard for your children. Make your kids aware of raised areas that they may trip over and advise them to play away from these areas. 

Once you discover a potential problem, do not allow your kids to play around the septic system. Keep in mind that you can't see most of your septic system; it's buried under the ground. If your septic system is in the backyard, it's probably a good idea to make the whole backyard off limits until you get the problem fixed. Do not let your children play on or around your septic system until a technician or plumber deems the area safe. If you need your septic system repaired, call a professional like Goodman Septic Services.