When your septic system malfunctions, it can leave you with quite a mess, including raw sewage in your bathtubs and sewage water in your yard. Luckily, most septic systems will give you some warning signs before they malfunction. If this is your first time having a septic tank, you might not be aware of the warning signs. Here are the signs you should be on the look-out for.
Foul Odors from the Drains
Foul odors are the first sign that you might have a problem with your septic tank. The gases that build up in your tank can escape through the pipes, especially when your tank is over-filled. If you've noticed foul odors, have your drains cleaned by a plumber. If the problem doesn't go away, you will need to have your septic tank serviced.
Gurgling Sound from the Toilets
When you flush your toilets, you should only hear the water flowing from the toilet. If you are hearing a gurgling sound from deep inside your pipes, this may be a sign that your septic tank is over-filled. Flush all of the toilets in your home. If they all have a gurgling sound, you're septic tank should be pumped out as soon as possible.
It's not uncommon to have an occasional clogged drain. However, if clogs have become a frequent occurrence in your home, your septic tank has probably reached maximum capacity. When your tank is full, the waste that flows from your home gets caught up in the pipes, which will cause your drains to clog. Once you have your septic tank emptied, the clogs should go away.
Damp Spots around the Septic Field
Take a look around your septic field. If you see damp spots, you might have a problem with your septic tank. Walk across the area and see if the ground feels soggy or water-logged. If the ground feels soggy, or you see puddles of dark water, you'll need to have your septic tank serviced immediately. It's important to note that if the water smells foul, this means that your septic tank has started to leak raw sewage into your yard.
Now that you have a septic tank, you should have it serviced at least once every three to five years. With proper care, you shouldn't have any problems with your septic system. If you experience any of the signs listed above, be sure to contact your plumber. (For more information, contact SOS Septic Inc or another company)