Your septic tank system can last for decades if properly maintained. However, septic systems sometimes need repairs to keep them working for as long as possible. You may notice some obvious signs of disrepair, but not all septic system problems are easy to detect. Let us walk you through some common warning signs and how routine maintenance can save you from a headache down the line.
Common signs of septic system problems
Septic systems can have problems just like any other system in your home. If you have a septic tank system, you should stay vigilant and be aware of any signs that something might be wrong. If you experience any of these signs, give the trusted experts at Economy Septic Tank Service a call:
- Stench around the septic tank or drain field
- Puddles or wet spots
- Dense, spongy, and bright green vegetation growing on or near the drain-field area
- Backed-up plumbing producing a dark liquid with a foul odor
- Slow-draining bathtubs, showers, and sinks
- Gurgling sounds in your plumbing
These signs can result from a variety of problems. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the most common issues that may occur with your septic system.
Clogs can happen in different parts of your septic system for a variety of reasons:
- Septic tank overfills with solid waste which causes it to clog the drain field
- The drainpipe or inlet baffle that leads from your home to the septic tank is blocked by solid waste
- Tree roots (older systems) or animal interference causing a blockage in your pipes
When one of these problems occur, you will notice that your drains take a while to drain completely, if at all. You may also notice a gurgling sound coming from your pipes.
Drain field failure
If you notice sewage backing up into your home or puddles in your yard, this could be a sign of a failed drain field. If your septic system is not properly maintained, drain fields can fail due to an overfull tank or a clogged effluent filter or outlet baffle. If you have a failed drain field, you may also notice a patch of green grass that is growing thicker than the rest of the grass in your yard.
Septic tank leak
It’s not easy to tell if you have a leak in your septic tank. Typically, a leaky tank is only discovered when a septic tank expert notices low fill levels during an inspection or when you have your tank pumped. This is dangerous because the leaking sewage can contaminate drinking water or natural water sources nearby. If your septic system expert suspects you have a leak, they will test the water levels in the tank after a day or two of not using any water inside the home.
Properly maintaining your septic system can save you thousands of dollars in repair or replacement costs. It will also preserve the property value of your house. Here are some steps we suggest you take in order to ensure you have a properly maintained septic system:
- Schedule annual inspections of your septic system
- Pump tank regularly
- Only flush toilet paper and biological waste
- Don’t overuse kitchen sink disposal
- Don’t drive vehicles over the tank or drain field
The dangers of neglecting septic system maintenance and repair
If left neglected, your septic system can release untreated sewage to the surface around the tank or back into your home through your pipes. This sewage could also end up in the groundwater, nearby streams and ponds, or even in your drinking water.
Untreated sewage carries dangerous contaminants that can cause illness and harm wildlife. Thus, it is crucial to maintain your system and schedule a repair at the first sign of trouble.
When it’s time to repair your septic system, choose professionals you can trust.
Economy Septic Tank Service offers first-rate septic system service and repair. Our dedicated team members are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. We strive to exceed expectations and provide the best customer experience possible. If your septic system needs repair or routine maintenance, call us at (256) 435-1086 to schedule your service.