Septic systems are very efficient waste management systems, but, if you want to avoid having to arrange for clean up of raw sewage in your home and yard, it is important to know the common signs that your septic system needs service. Some things that indicate a problems with your septic system include:
Pools of Water on Your Property
A septic system has both a tank and a leach field to maintain waste. When the system is functioning properly, waste water runs through the leach field underground. If the waste levels in the septic tank are too high and the tank needs to be pumped, waste water can rise to the surface of your property. It is also possible for waste water to begin pooling at the surface if there are clogs in the pipes of the leach field. Contact a septic services company if you begin to notice water pooling in your yard, especially in the area of the leach field.
Problems with Drains
When there is an issue with your septic system, the drains in your home may be slow to empty and there may be issues with flushing the toilets. This often means that the septic tank has reached capacity and needs to be pumped and emptied. If more than one drain in the house is not draining properly and the toilet doesn't flush right despite using a plunger, have the problem looked at as soon as possible to prevent a sewage back up.
A septic tank holds a disgusting combination of liquid and solid waste, so it is no surprise that it smells incredibly bad. Luckily, a properly functioning septic tank is far enough beneath the ground that the odors are contained. But if the tank becomes too full, the foul odor can become recognizable as the waste reaches the top of the tank. Pay attention to smells in your home and outdoors around the location of the septic tank and the leach field—smelling an odor of rotten eggs or sewage is often a sign that your septic tank needs to be pumped as soon as possible.
Unusually Green Grass
Patches of grass in the leach field that are unusually green compared to the rest of your yard may indicate a septic system problem. This can occur when too much waste is rising close to the surface and fertilizing the grass. Have your septic system checked out and have the issue repaired.