Your septic tank is a vital part of your home. It holds the waste from your toilets, garbage disposal, and all of the drains in the home. Unfortunately, many people don’t fully understand how to keep their septic system in good shape. They put things down the drain that they shouldn’t, or they fail to have it maintained and pumped correctly. Others don’t know the signs that their septic system is having problems. If you notice any of the following, it means you need to contact us for septic tank repair as soon as possible.
Your Septic System Backs Up
This is the most obvious sign that something is wrong with your septic tank. When you put too much down the tank or when it hasn’t been pumped often enough, it can cause a backup into the home. You will not be able to use the toilets, sinks, showers, or anything else that drains into your septic system until this issue is resolved. Sometimes, all it takes is septic tank pumping. However, if the water table in the area is fairly high and is responsible or partially responsible for the backup, the tank may need to be replaced or relocated.
There’s a Sewage Smell in Your Home
This is another fairly obvious sign that the septic tank needs attention. Any time you smell sewage or any odd odor you can train to a drain or toilet, it can indicate septic issues. The good news is that foul smells don’t always translate into large problems. Sometimes, it’s something as simple as a drain drying, which can cause sewer gas to get into your home.
Your Drains Aren’t Draining Like the Normally Do
If you have drains that are draining very slowly or are holding water, there’s likely an issue with either the septic tank or the pipes connecting it to the home. If there’s water backing up into your shower or sink, even if it later drains back down, you need to have the tank inspected. It could be a lack of maintenance of your septic system. Just because your drains are still working in a diminished capacity doesn’t mean you should ignore the problem. It won’t be long until your drains are fully stopped up.
Water Is Pooling in Your Yard
If you see a pool of water in your yard around your septic tank or find that the soil is squishy like it feels after a heavy rain, it may indicate that there’s a leak in your system. Water should not be standing around your septic tank. If it is, it’s a good sign that your septic system is clogged somewhere since the water is not going where it should be.
The Grass Is Quickly Growing
This may be one of the stranger signs that your septic tank has a problem, but it is a way of telling that something is wrong. If the grass around your septic tank is growing very quickly and is often taller than the rest of the grass in your yard, there’s a good chance that the tank has a leak. This fast-growing grass is getting nutrients out of the wastewater that is flowing up into the soil. Eventually, you’ll notice that the soil is often damp even if it hasn’t rained. Then water will start pooling in the area as the soil becomes over-saturated.
Contact Us for Help
If you have noticed one or more of these signals that your septic system needs repairs, reach out to Septic Masters, LLC, today. We will arrange a time to come inspect your septic system and determine the problem. We also provide regular maintenance and tank pumping as well as other services.