How to Know If Your Septic Tank is Failing

How to Know If Your Septic Tank is Failing


A septic tank is a part of the septic system where water and waste fill in. The tank separates the debris and sludge from the wastewater. There is then a filter in which the water passes through before flowing out. A septic system is used in lieu of main city sewer pipes. They are vital to controlling sewage. These systems can be an economic option for those who do not have access to city sewer lines. However, they need to be maintained properly in order to work.

In general, a septic tank needs to have the water pumped every two years. It should also have its filter cleaned every year. This should keep your waste moving smoothly, without problem. If you fail to routinely check in on your septic system, costly issues may arise. Here are key signs that your septic tank may be failing, so that you can take proactive measures to avoid expensive repairs in the future.

Bad Odors

When the septic tank becomes too full, it releases foul smells. This is because the water rises, pushing bad scented sludge and other debris closer to the top of the tank. If you walk outside your home or if the water coming out of the drains smells bad, it might be a sign that you need to get your septic tank serviced.

Slow Drains

The next time you wash the dishes or use a toilet, make note of if the water is draining slowly. Often, this can be an indicator that something is wrong with your septic tank. When the tank fails, sometimes it causes slow drains that cannot be fixed by regular plumbing products.

Health of Grass Near Drain Field

Next time you walk around your house outside, check the grass above and near your septic drain. If the grass is lusher than the rest of your field, a backed up septic tank might be the cause. When the tank is full, it releases more water, causing the grass to stay better hydrated. This is not necessarily a good thing because it means you need to have your septic system checked.

Water Puddles

The pooling of water is one of the main signs that can alert you to a failing septic tank. Water can accumulate anywhere, but specifically look at your lawn and the land near the septic drain. If your tank is working correctly, you will never notice the water. However, when solid waste and sludge clog the drains, the septic tank can become too full, causing there to be little floods.

We hope these warning signs help you curb any septic disasters. If you do notice these indicators or are worried that your septic tank might be failing, contact our experienced plumbers at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain. We can help you fix the small problems so that you don’t have to worry about bigger ones in the future! Call us today!


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