Symptoms of a Failing Septic System
It’s never fun to consider that your septic tank might someday fail. There are plenty of things that you can do to help prevent this situation from occurring, such as routine maintaining and regularly pumping the system. However, at a certain point there’s little more that you can do to save a failing septic system, and it’s important that you are aware of the symptoms before things progress too far.
Here’s a list of some of the most typical symptoms of septic system failure:
- Bathtubs, showers, and sinks drain slowly
- Water/sewage backup from toilets, drains, and sinks
- Strong odors near the septic tank or drainfield
- Standing water or damp spots near the septic tank or drainfield
- Bright and green, spongy grass over the septic tank or drainfield
- Gurgling sounds within the plumbing system
- High levels of nitrate or coliform bacteria in water well
- Algal blooms in nearby ponds/lakes
Although these are some good indications that your septic system is failing, this list is by no means comprehensive. If you believe that something is wrong with your septic system, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is in a failing state, but you should always inquire with a professional to ensure whatever is wrong can be fixed before the problem progresses.
If you own a septic system, take heed of these telltale warnings. No septic system lasts forever and it’s important to the safety of your home and the health of the surrounding environment that you replace or repair a failing system when it begins showing signs of failure. For more information on how to manage the health of your septic system, take a look at the free information provided online by the National Environmental Services Center. Of course, if you have any questions about your septic system’s maintenance, Bishop-Thiem Septic Services is here to answer them. Go ahead and give us a call: (770) 461-6033