Top Signs of Septic System Failure

December 17, 2021 Published by Leave your thoughts

Your septic system plays an invaluable role for your home. It treats wastewater so that it can be disposed of properly. You may not think about your septic system much—until it malfunctions and wreaks all range of havoc.

From plumbing problems to health hazards, septic system backup is a serious issue. Let’s look at what to do if there are nasty odors in a septic system or other signs of problems.

Slow drains

One sign of septic tank failure is that drainage doesn’t work properly. When the septic tank is full, it’s not actively collecting wastewater. This means the pipes will be clogged with sewage, preventing the ability of appliances to drain well. No matter what kind of tools you use to unclog those drains, it isn’t going to work because the root of the problem is in the tank. Deal with this soon, or you’ll have wastewater backing up into the home.

Gurgling sounds

If you flush your toilet and it begins making strange gurgling sounds, then it’s time to contact a plumber right away. Toilets do make some sound following flushing, but anything that sounds like an upset stomach rumbling is a bad sign. This could be an indicator of a clog or an internal septic system issue. Either way, immediate action is necessary.

Nasty odors in septic system

Have you noticed bad smells near the drain field and plumbing appliances? If you walk outside onto your lawn and find foul odors, that’s a sign of septic tank failure. The same goes if the stink permeates your home. These signs point to sewage that has gone through the drain field and into the main drain line.

Septic system backup

All plumbing appliances in a home are connected to the septic system. When the system is full, sewage and wastewater no longer enter the tank. Instead, sewage stays in the pipes until it begins to come up—a disaster no homeowner wants to face. This includes sewage and wastewater flooding sinks, drains and toilets. If you notice even a small amount of backup, then it’s time to bring in the pros.

Water collecting near drain field

Septic tank failure leads to the drain field no longer being able to absorb wastewater. This means that wastewater seeps into the ground, forming a large pool or damp area near the drain field. If it hasn’t rained for a while and there’s a pool of water near the drain field, then you know you have an issue.

Bright green grass in drain field

Just like with fertilizing a lawn, sewage that seeps into the drain field can create abnormally bright green grass. Paying close attention to how the area around the drain field appears can help you track any problems with the septic system and nip them in the bud.

When you need complete and reliable septic maintenance, turn to Macken Services, Inc. We’ve been in business since 1968, helping residential and commercial customers dealing with septic system backup. Give us a call today to find out more information and request a free quote.

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