3 Major Signs That Your Septic Tank Has Issues

Posted on: 1 February 2019

A septic tank is a great way to deal with waste from your home. It is easy to forget about your septic tank as it silently does its job behind the scenes. If your septic tank ever gets damaged, though, it will let you know. Here are three major signs that means something is seriously wrong with your septic tank and you need to take action right away.

#1 Bed Smells

You should not be able to smell sewage in your home or in your yard. The process of breaking down your sewage should be hidden from your view and from your sense of smell as well. If you can smell sewage in your home or in your yard, something is wrong.

Generally, the smell of sewage comes from your drain field. Your drain field is where waste water goes after it has been properly filtered through your septic tank. If your septic tank and your drainage field are not working properly, though, that is where actual waste and sewage may go. Having sewage in your drainage field is a big deal. It is a sanitary and safety issue that needs to be addressed right away.

#2 Backed-Up Sinks & Toilets

Another thing that can happen when your septic tank is not working properly is it can become backed up. When your septic tank becomes backed up, you may also notice bad-smelling odors. When your septic tank becomes backed up, sewage that should be going through your drainage pipes, into your septic tank, and out your drainage field get backed up and comes back through your drainage pipes, and even into your home. Water can back flow through your toilet and sinks. This can once again cause a safety and sanitation issue that needs to be addressed right away.

#3 Slow Drains

If you have one sink that is draining slowly, that is pretty normal. However, if you have lots of sinks that are draining slowly, that is a sign of a bigger issue. When multiple drains are not draining correctly, that is generally a sign that things are not moving as they should inside of your septic tank. It is highly unlikely that you are going to have multiple sinks back up at the same time; more than likely, something is wrong with your septic tank.

If your septic tank gives you any big warnings like those listed above, you need to call in a residential septic service to fix your septic tank and get things flowing properly again.

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