Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Your Attention

Posted on: 2 March 2016


If you live in the country or your residence is unable to connect to a city water and sewer system, you likely have a septic drain field on your property. While there are many things to care for around your home throughout the year, having your septic tank emptied or serviced may be the last thing on your mind. The Massachusetts Office Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recommends that you empty your septic tank at least once every three to five years, or more frequently if you have a large family. It's important not to ignore your septic tank, otherwise breakdown and overflow could occur. Here are a few signs to look for that may indicate your septic tank needs your attention.

Bothersome Odors

One of the first signs of a possible septic tank issue is noticing an odor. If your septic tank is full, the sewer gasses are more likely to rise up to the surface. This could be outside, near the entry to the tank or through your water pipes or toilet indoors. Odors can range from a gaseous odor to the smell of raw sewage. It depends on how full your tank is and how long the waste has been rising to the top surface. It's important to have your septic tank pumped right away because these gases contain hydrogen sulfide and methane, which can be harmful to your health.

Slow Moving Drains

If you've been noticing that your home's drains have been slower than usual or backed up in some spots, it could be due to your septic tank. An easy solution would be having the waste pumped out by a septic services company. It could also indicate an issue with a bad drain field or malfunctioning septic tank. A new septic tank installation may be the best solution for a faulty system, and will restore proper flow and flushing of drains in your home.  

New Water Puddles

Standing water or puddles of water in and around your septic drain field could be an indicator of septic overflow. If the ground around your septic tank is wet or unstable, you should call a septic tank repair company to evaluate your tank. They should be able to repair the issue and eliminate future leakage.

Plumbing Issues

Smells and standing water puddles are apparent clues that you may have a septic tank problem. If you've been battling clogged or burst pipes, without a reasonable explanation, a full septic system could be to blame. If water flow is restricted, there is a greater chance for a small clog. The clog can lead to a buildup of water pressure. This may cause pipes to burst or crack slowly over time.

Having your tank emptied is important. If you still have issues after emptying, it's time to call in a septic tank pro like one from Koberlein Environmental Services to evaluate your entire septic system.