The household septic tank is very important to your home since it helps to ensure that your plumbing works correctly. However, the septic system can overflow or malfunction at any time, resulting in issues that you don't want to have to deal with. Ideally, you will want to be able to recognize the signs of issues.
Keep reading to learn some of the signs that you are in need of septic system repair.
Your septic tank not only holds wastewater, but it also holds solid waste. Therefore, when your tank requires any kind of service, it will produce a very foul odor. More often than not, you will notice the odor above the septic tank or around the drainfield. The stronger the odor, the larger the problem likely is. A foul smell may be an indication that you have a faulty pump, that the septic system simply is not draining properly, or that the tank required pumping. Whatever the case may be, the odors are not a good sign and a phone call to a professional is necessary.
If you notice that one of the drains in your home is not emptying normally, then this is a sign that there is a clog somewhere in the pipes. However, if you notice that all of your household drains are emptying slowly, then it may be an indication that the tank is either nearing the full mark or needs repair. You may even notice that the toilets, sinks, and/or bathtubs are not functioning properly. If your septic system has not been serviced recently, you should get in touch with a septic system repair company immediately.
A third indication that your septic system is in need of repair is water pooling in the yard. This can take place anywhere in the lawn, but more often than not, the pooling of water will occur in and/or around the drainfield. Usually, this is a sign that the tank is completely full and requires pumping. The EPA suggests that your septic tank be pumped at least once every three to five years. The frequency of septic tank pumping may vary based on the size of your household and water usage, so make sure to speak with a professional who can give you a more accurate pumping schedule.
When you notice any of the aforementioned signs, contact a septic tank repair service in your area.