3 Ways Above Ground Pool Can Harm Your Septic System

3 Ways Above Ground Pool Can Harm Your Septic System

22497545_sSpending time in the water is part of the fun of summer and, for some, it is necessary just to survive the rising temperatures. But, life is busy, even in the summer when school is out, and taking time away to get to the pool, lake, or river is not always an option.
Having a pool in the backyard is ideal but, the cost of installing an in-ground pool is not always doable. Above ground pool are the perfect compromise, they provide a convenient way to spend time in the water without the cost of an in-ground pool.
But, if you have a septic system on your property take caution when thinking about having an above ground pool set up. Some reasons this might not be the best idea include:

  • Limited tank access. It is recommended that at least every three years your septic tank be pumped free of all solids and residue. As the enzymatic process inside of your tank breaks down and separates solids from liquids, the solids form a layer of sediment that must be pumped out of the tank. Depending on the types of chemicals, beauty products, and items that you flush into your septic system this pumping may need to be done annually but, not any longer than every three years. If you have an above ground swimming pool over where your tank is buried, the technician cannot access your tank and will not be able to give a thorough assessment of the integrity of the structure of the tank. It is definitely not recommended to put off tank pumping for this reason.
  • Clogs and leaks. The drain field of your septic system is designed to carry away liquids that come out of your septic tank once they have been treated by the bacterial enzymes. But, if by accident a foreign object was flushed down the toilet it could easily clog your septic drain lines cause a back-up of sewage in your yard. Gaining quick access to the drain line pipes is essential to mitigating the damage that this back-up could cause to your property and home. If you have an above ground pool installed that is filled with several hundred gallons of water – getting access to those drain field pipes is going to be significantly delayed.
  • The weight of an above ground pool that is filled with several hundred gallons of water can cause the soil that the drain field of your septic system to shift, which leads to sagging, cracking, and damage to the pipes. This will lead to a back-up of sewage on your property.

Talk with a professional if you have a septic system and are considering an above ground swimming pool. If your property allows for it, you might install the pool away from where the system is buried, or even install the pool in the front of side yard.