Three Indications Your Septic Tank Needs Professional Attention

Your septic system withstands a great deal of everyday wear and tear due to the very nature of its function. Any sort of disruption to your septic tank's ability to handle drainage water and waste can cause all sorts of complications for your home. Knowing what three of the most common signs of septic tank trouble are can help you determine when your system is no longer working as intended and when it should be serviced by a septic system professional before such problems have the chance to grow worse. 

Drainage Issues

Any sort of issues with your home's drains can indicate that your septic system is either full and needs to be pumped or is suffering from a serious clog. When it comes to drain clogs, you'll know that your septic tank is the culprit when multiple drains within your home suffer from clogs or slow draining all at once. Because of the way that your plumbing system is designed, this means that the drains on the lower levels of your home will exhibit symptoms first, though eventually all drains within your home will suffer. Eventually, you may even notice that wastewater is coming back up through your drains—which of course represents a serious health hazard and should be addressed immediately. 

Strong Smells

In a somewhat similar vein of thinking to the above point, the presence of unpleasant smells of sewage in your home can indicate that you are suffering from a clog in your plumbing or septic system before it actually causes sewage to enter your home. In a related but distinct problem, you may also be able to smell sewage in your yard or outside of your home, which points to more serious septic tank overflow or structural damage that is causing your septic tank to leak sewage out into your yard. 

Landscaping Damage

Finally, the last and most obvious sign that your septic system may have begun to overflow or suffer from some other form of structural issue is if you can see signs of damage appearing in your landscape. A septic tank that is leaking waste into your yard can leave pools of standing water and sewage in the area around the tank and leach field. Furthermore, leaking sewage underground can cause your grass and plant life to grow at an increased rate, as sewage will effectively act as fertilizer—so being able to identify sections of increased plant growth is usually the same as pinpointing where the structural damage may be located.

Call a septic system service for more information or assistance.