Septic: From A to Z

4 Common Signs Your Septic System Needs Repair

Diagnosing issues with your septic tank can seem impossible at times simply because of its location underground. However, if you know what signs to be on the lookout for, it is not only possible to detect issues in their early stages. In fact, it can actually be rather simple. Continue reading to learn more about some of the most common signs of septic tank problems that you should be aware of.

Systematic Drain Issues

System-wide issues with slow-moving drains can often point to an issue with your septic tank. In some cases, this issue will be as simple as the need to have your septic tank pumped in order to make more room for more waste and sewage water. However, in some cases, the problem can be more severe such as tree roots that have grown into your drainage pipe preventing your septic tank from effectively expelling water runoff. If this type of issue is not fixed quickly it can result in a total system failure. 

Super Green Grass

While you may be thrilled to look out at your yard and see that your grass seems to be growing in extra thick or super green, your very healthy lawn can actually be a cause for alarm if it is limited to the area surrounding your septic tank. This is because a leaking septic tank will provide your lawn with extra nutrients and moisture that, while good for your lawn, certainly is not good for your septic system. 

Foul Odors

Despite what you may think, you should not be able to smell your septic system if it is working properly. If you smell the odor of sewage or an odor that is similar to rotten eggs either in your home or in your drainage field, this is a strong indication that your septic system is in need of immediate repair. A failure to address this issue can result in expensive repairs to your home and yard as sewage begins to back up causing extensive damage.

Excess Ground Water

Another common sign that your septic tank may be leaking and is in need of repair is excess groundwater in your drainage field. This excess water may become visible in the way of puddles that form on the ground's surface and are not quickly absorbed by the soil below. You may also be able to physically feel the moisture in the ground as you walk across your drainage field. This issue is easiest to spot after it has recently rained since the soil will struggle to absorb the extra moisture if there is already too much water in the soil.

Contact a septic system repair service for more information.