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Symptoms of a Failing Septic System

Septic tank failure can cause a smelly, dangerous and costly mess and it’s something that you should absolutely avoid. If your home has a septic system, you should make sure to watch out for any signs of trouble.

Here are five symptoms that your septic tank is not working as it should. Each of these symptoms should be taken seriously and handled immediately. If you notice any of these signs then you should call a septic system service to inspect your system.


A clear indication that your septic system isn’t right is the smell. If the smell of sewage anywhere near your home, drain-field, or within your home then trouble may be brewing.

Greener grass

The first sign of a drain-field beginning to fail is an increasing amount of moisture in the soil. If you notice that the grass is growing quicker or vibrantly around the septic tank site, then there’s likely a problem. Excessive plant growth shows that the problem may have been occurring for a couple of weeks at least.

Gurgling sounds in the pipes

If your pipes gurgle when you run water or flush the toilet then there may be a septic system failure. The gurgling happens because the septic tank is too full of solids and cannot function properly.

Pockets of ground water

Patches of wet ground, or pools of water in the drain-field area are another clear sign that your system is failing. A professional needs to come out and check the site because these smelly wet patches are hazardous to your health.

Slower toilet plumbing

Your toilet refusing to flush can be a sign that your septic tank is full. If this happens you should call in an expert immediately. If this particular problem isn’t handled immediately there could be a back-up of sewage into the home.

To avoid septic tank problems, keep track of when your septic tank was last pumped. Get it checked out by a professional septic service when the five years is up even if you have not noticed any of the problems mentioned here.

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