Like any appliance in your home, your septic system will eventually need to be replaced. When your septic system breaks down, it can be a disaster for your home. That’s why it’s so important to know when something is wrong with your septic tank. It may be a sign of issues:

Standing Water

If you notice pooling water in your yard that you can’t find a reason for, such as heavy rain, it indicates trouble with your septic tank. The puddles are a sign that water from the septic tank can’t be absorbed by the ground. This problem needs to be repaired right away to prevent further damage to your septic and sewage disposal system, including your leach line.

Slow Drains

If only one drain in your house is clogged, it may be a simple blockage. However, if drains all over your house are slow, your septic tank may be backed up. You may also hear a gurgling sound coming from the pipes or drains.

Foul Odors

We all recognize the smell of sewage. A foul odor around your septic tank or coming from your plumbing is a sign of a serious problem.

Greener Grass

Another sign of septic system trouble is significantly greener grass around your septic tank than around the rest of your yard. As the drain field starts to fail, the amount of moisture in the ground will spike, and the sewage will also become fertilizer. You’ll notice excessive plant growth and greener grass.

Sewage Backup

A septic system that works properly can process all of your home’s wastewater. If raw sewage is backing up into your pipes or your toilet, this is a clear indication that something is wrong with your septic tank. Don’t try to clean it up by yourself. Wastewater can be hazardous. Call a repair technician immediately.

Septic problems can be a major headache. By pumping your septic tank regularly and knowing the signs of trouble, you can keep your septic system working smoothly.  It is recommended that your septic tank be inspected by a professional every 1 to 2 years, and cleaned every 2 to 3 years.

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