How Do You Know If You Have A Septic Problem?

Septic tanks provide homeowners with an invaluable service, safely holding residential wastewater underground for basic treatment and preventing the spread of contaminants that could negatively impact the health of your family and the larger community. With regular septic tank maintenance, a system can last upwards of 30 years. However, without proper upkeep, septic system problems can occur, which may lead to health hazards over time. But how do you know if you have a septic problem? Below, the experienced technicians with our septic company outline four ways you can tell your septic system has developed a problem.

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Sewage Odors

Often, your nose will be the first thing to tip you off to a potential septic system problem. Nasty sewage odors permeating the area around your drain field or home are a tell-tale sign of septic system failure. Plus, these odors may indicate the presence of sewage that crested the drain field and made its way into the main drain line. If you notice any strange smells, contact us to request a septic tank inspection!

Noise From Pipes

Hear strange, gurgling noises after you use your home's plumbing appliances? This could be a sign your septic system is experiencing an issue. Generally, gurgling noises indicate a clog or another internal problem with the septic system that needs to be resolved immediately. Don’t hesitate to seek professional septic tank services if you hear gurgling noises coming from your pipes.

Vibrant Green Grass Around Septic Tank

The sudden appearance of an unnaturally green patch of grass around your drain field could mean that you have wastewater leaking into your lawn. This occurs because wastewater contains nitrogen, potassium, and micronutrients which are key to fueling the growth of plants. Needless to say, wastewater leaking into your yard can be a health hazard and is a problem that should be remedied as soon as possible.

Slow Drains

If your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower, or toilet are draining slowly, it could be a sign of septic system failure. Specifically, slow drains could be a sign of a backup caused by a full septic tank. Slow drains are often a precursor to total septic tank backup. Accordingly, if you notice your drains are slow, contact us to schedule septic tank cleaning.