Septic System Mistakes To Avoid

Four Signs Your Septic System Requires Repairs Sooner Rather Than Later

by Melinda Crawford

As a homeowner with a septic system, you never know when trouble can strike. It can be particularly helpful to be familiar with the warning signs of repair. Keep reading to learn four different signs that will alert you when your septic system is in trouble and a professional needs to be called out to your home.

Slow Draining

When your bathtub or sink is draining slowly, you may think that an over-the-counter chemical drain cleaning solution will do the trick. However, there are two things to know about these. The first is that these chemical solutions are actually harmful to your plumbing pipes and your septic system. The second is that the slow drainage may be indicative of failure with your septic system rather than just a clog somewhere along the pipes. The main way to tell if your septic system is having problems is to see if multiple areas in your home are having trouble draining. If they are, then there is a chance that the tank may be backed up.

Backed-up Sewage

Generally, you will be warned of an issue with slow drainage, but there is also the chance that your issues will be so severe that you will experience backed-up sewage immediately. If you notice that water is coming up into the sinks or sludge inside of the bathtub, then your septic system requires pumping or repair.

Excess Water in the Drain Field

Periodically, it is important that you take the time to inspect your drain field, allowing you to detect any issues before they have a chance to become major and costly problems. If you notice that the drain field is damp and there hasn't been any rain or notice excess standing water or an extremely foul odor, then you should contact a septic service for pumping or inspection. There is a chance that the drain field isn't properly functioning, which could be indicative of the piping or tank having issues as well.

Foul Odors in the Home

When your septic system is working properly, they are actually very clean. You won't experience any unpleasant smells in the home or the yard. However, when you begin to experience foul odors where drains are present in the home, this is a sign that there is some kind of issue with the septic system.

If you are concerned about the state of your septic system, get in touch with a septic repair professional in your area.