Do you know the threats that local wildlife can pose to your home’s septic system? Small birds and rodents usually can’t damage your on-site waste disposal system, but there are many others that can. Creatures that burrow into the dirt can dig deeper than you might think. If they choose the right spot, all kinds of things can go wrong.
Burrowing Animals on Maui
The mongoose is a well-known burrowing critter, and many of them have made the wilds of Maui their home. They are not native to the island, but they have become a common sight over the last few decades. They can dig burrows just about anywhere with enough dirt for them to live in.
Several species of wild rat will dig burrows for their own protection. Rats are already known to cause damage to the insides of homes, but wild ones that dig outside and near your septic system and its drain field can still be a headache.
The only consolation is that these creatures tend to dig further out in nature, but that doesn’t stop some from wandering into your yard, looking to build a new home there. Just keep an eye out to protect your waste management system.
How Can Burrows Harm Septic Systems?
A septic tank is usually made from durable materials designed to last the test of several years, and burrowing animals rarely break into the tanks themselves. But the pipes that make up the drain field are made with PVC, and are much more susceptible to harm. A Mongoose could dig a hole down to, or even under a pipe and either crack the material or compact the dirt around key outlet points the system uses to process effluent.
Enough damage to your drain field could necessitate pipe repairs at best, or catastrophic sewage backup into your home at worst. Protect against these dangers by keeping a watchful eye out for burrowing animals near your property. The internet has plenty to say about quick remedies, and you can give a few of them a try, but if your septic drain field has too many pests, it’s time to call a pest control service.
Call Maui Pumping For Septic Drain Field Repair
If your septic drain field is damaged, you can call Maui Pumping anytime, 24/7 to schedule repairs. We also tackle pumping, maintenance, installation, and more for all your on-site waste management needs. You can even schedule online!