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4 signs your septic system may be in trouble

Nothing is more costly and more of a hassle than a damaged septic system. Here are some warning signs you should look out for as an indication that your system may have something wrong with it. Let’s jump right in!

Sewage backup

Backup is always more of a problem than a slow moving or clogged drain. Backup isn’t really a clog – it’s when you see a very smelly type of black water appearing in your drains, tubs or toilets. If this is the case and you don’t have actual sewer lines from your home – it’s a sure fire sign that something is wrong with your septic system. At that point – it’s time to call in a pro!

Standing Water near your tank

Every septic system is located in what’s called a drainfield. When you see a lot of standing water in and around your drainfield, then it’s a surefire sign that it’s not functioning properly. It could be a rupture in your tank, a leak or severe backup that’s leaking into the ground. Just like the other signs – it’s time to call someone to come help.

Strong odors

This one is fairly straight-forward. If you smell a sewage like odor inside or around your house – and it’s strong – the chances are you have a septic issue. Now that being said, if there is a sewer in your neighborhood, then it could be a problem with the sewer and not your tank. But be sure to call someone to come and take a look. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Large patches of overly green grass

If you notice a large patch of green grass – or an area where there’s several patches of green grass in a confined area – then the chances are your septic system is leaking into your yard and needs to be looked at. Why does the grass get so green? It gets green because the sewage causes an over-fertilization of sorts – of the grass itself – turning it very, very green.

Again if you see any of these signs – give us or another septic tank pro a call! It could be an indication of serious damage that could become extremely expensive if not tended to immediately.