3 Signs You Need To Schedule Septic Tank Repairs

Posted on: 6 April 2018

Your septic tank is the most important part of your home's plumbing system. If it no longer functions properly, none of the drains, water-using appliances, or water fixtures in your home will be able to operate as intended, and the disruption to your everyday life and schedule will be massive. Fortunately, there are a few warning signs that you can watch out for to determine when you need to get in touch with a septic tank professional to inspect and repair your system.

1. Strong and Unpleasant Smells

One of the easiest to notice signs that your septic tank is not operating as intended is if you notice that there is a strong and unpleasant smell of sewage permeates your yard. This can usually point to an overflow, or to physical damage that has caused a leak to develop in your septic tank. However, if you notice that there is the smell of sewage within your home, you likely have a clog in your plumbing or need to have your septic tank pumped, as sewage is unable to drain out of your home and into the tank.

2. Soggy Ground and Vibrant Grass

In a similar vein to the above point, physical damage and leaking within your septic tank can also cause physical changes to your landscape. Excessive leaking water can leave the soil feeling spongy and soggy, as water is unable to drain properly and is exiting your septic tank improperly. The waste of this water can act as fertilizer, causing the grass and other plants that may be exposed to leaking sewage to grow vibrantly and rapidly when compared to other areas of your yard or garden. Seeing patches of well-fed grass in the area around your septic tank usually points to this sort of leak or damage.

3. Drainage Issues and Noises

Beyond the exterior of your home, you should also pay attention to the performance of your drains. A gurgling sound that comes out of your toilet or drains when water is running down the pipes points to a clog that is causing water or sewage to back up or become stuck in your pipes. This can further manifest itself as slow drainage, with water sitting for several minutes in a sink or tub before it drains properly. In extreme cases, where your septic tank is near failing completely, you may notice sewage and water coming back out of your drains and into the interior of your home.

For more information, contact a company like Jarrach Cesspools.