Ways Of Telling If You Have A Septic Tank Problem!

You should not have a septic tank problem if you perform proper maintenance, but eventually all systems fail when getting old.

When a bad smell appears with a leak in the drain field, you know you are in deep trouble.

Why would your septic system fail?

Eventually the soil in a drain field will no longer be able to accept the water from the septic tank, and organic material begins to solidify in the soil instead of remaining liquid as it should. This is a failure that should occur at the end of a septic system’s life.

If a system is not properly maintained by regular pumping and left to fill without the proper pumping, the organic material will find its way from the tank and into the drain field much earlier.

Ways to tell if your septic tank system is failing

One way is by smell. There may be an odour from your toilet or drains. You may also simply have a bad odour in the house without any indication of where the smell is coming from. One other way is when you walk outside and the odour gets stronger the closer you get to septic tank

A slow-flushing toilet may also indicate a problem in the septic system, particularly if the drain cleaners or plunging do not immediately solve the problem.

One other indicator that there is a septic system problem is green grass over the septic drain field. While this is to be expected to a small degree, constantly lush grass, even in sunny weather, this is an indicator that the drain field is sending liquid in the wrong direction.

How to unsure the life span of a tank system

You should aim to get your septic tank pumped every 2 to 4 years, depending on how many people live in the house.

Try not to overuse bleach or use too much detergent that could damage the seals and inside of the tank.

Don’t place any vehicle or stone paving on top of the area were the septic tank is buried in the ground as you may cause a seal to leak, which will be a costly job to fix.

All in all your septic tank should last you 20 to 30 years as long as proper maintenance is kept.

If your system has failed, call your local tank emptying company or local governmental entity in charge of septic systems in your area and they will be able to help you sort out your problem.