Signs of Septic System Failure

Septic system failure

Realizing your septic system is failing is every septic owner’s worst nightmare. A malfunctioning septic is not only an inconvenience, but also a biohazardous risk to humans and animals alike and devastating for the environment. Recognizing the signs before your system is in full failure may help you extend the life of your septic system and avoid a catastrophic backup into your home. Stay alert to the signs of septic system failure, and the moment you notice any of these, give Supeck Septic a call

Septic Failure Sign #1: Sewage Backing Up into the Home 

Perhaps the most obvious sign that your septic system is failing is sewage backing up into the home through the toilets, drains, and sinks. In the case of extreme failures, sewage may seep up to the surface of the ground around the tank or drainfield or find its way into ground water or surface water. Sewage carries with it bio-hazardous dangers that can contaminate the drinking water in and around your home. If you notice sewage backing up into your drains, sinks, and toilets or notice sewage seeping to the surface near your septic system, call Supeck right away. 

Septic Failure Sign #2: Slow Drains and Toilets 

Slow drains and gurgling sounds may be a sign that your septic system is in trouble. Septic problems associated with slow drains include blockages from solids, tree root obstructions, or a blockage within the septic pipes. In-pipe blockages are typically caused by excessive wastewater being flushed into the system, causing sludge from the holding tank to find its way into thedrainfield. A slow drain may also be an indicator that you have a clog somewhere within that trap, but if your whole house seems to be draining slowly, it’s a surefire sign you need to giveSupeck Septic a call.  

Septic Failure Sign #3: Changes around the Septic Tank or Drainfield 

While people often think dead or dying grass is an indicator of poor septic system health, the most common visual indicator that something is wrong with your septic system is actually the sudden appearance of lush, green grass around the tank or drainfield. This is caused by effluent (i.e., wastewater) seeping into the areas surrounding the septic. Effluent is a powerful fertilizer due to the concentrated levels of nitrate and phosphate it contains. If your grass is suddenly greener, your system may have a leak – or worse – that needs to be tended to. Another strong indicator of septic failure is pooled water, which is actually effluent, on the surface of the yard. Should this happen, it is very likely caused by the surrounding soil being saturated with untreated wastewater. A strong odor typically accompanies this symptom, and it presents a very serious health hazard. If you notice either of these around your septic tank or drainfield, you will not want to hesitate in calling Supeck to diagnose the problem.  

The best way to keep ahead of septic system failure and help your system have a long and worry-free life is to stick to a routine maintenance schedule and adhere to the guidelines concerning thecare and feeding of your system. Should you notice any signs of septic system failure, giveSupeck Septic a call right away!