If you notice signs of a problem with your septic system, it is very important to have your entire system checked and repaired by a reliable professional as quickly as possible. Broken septic systems pose significant health risks due to the potential for exposed sewage to contaminate your yard, your house and even your local water supply.
If you think you have a problem, don’t hesitate to have your system inspected for needed repairs. The sooner you have this done, the more likely it is that you can avoid a problem escalating in severity. Superior Septic Pros can provide the fast and reliable service you need to protect your family and get your system working correctly without delay.
Signs of a Broken Septic System:
1. Toilets, sinks and drains backing up. 2. Bad odors in your yard. 3. Soft ground or standing water above the system.
What Causes Septic System Failure?
Failing to have tanks regularly pumped is the most common cause of problems for septic system owners. When the sludge layer of a tank builds up too far, the system is strained because there is no longer enough space to process all of the drainage that the house creates. This is often the origin of a wide variety of issues that people commonly encounter.
Other frequent causes of problems include using products that aren’t septic system-friendly, tree roots breaking pipes, and the natural deterioration of components over years of use. Regardless of the original cause, it is important to be able to identify problems before they get too severe.
Identifying Septic System Failures
All homeowners who rely on septic systems should be aware of the common signs of system failure. As mentioned above, any septic system issues should be dealt with in a timely manner in order to avoid the health risks that are often associated with exposed or improperly processed sewage. Knowing how to spot problems early can help mitigate these risks.
Some problems can be detected inside the house. Any time you notice odd odors near drains or a decreased rate of drainage, there is cause for concern. If sewage begins to back up or you find dark liquids inside your toilets, your system should be checked immediately.
Outside, the two biggest indicators to watch for are bad odors and wet ground. Both of these are signs that the system is no longer processing your wastewater correctly. If you notice these symptoms between the house and your tank, you may have a broken pipe. If the problem is beyond the tank, your drainfield may be clogged and require replacement.
You should be aware that soft ground or standing water are both signs of water leaking from the system, so these areas need to be avoided. If necessary, use a temporary fence to keep children or animals at a safe distance.
Septic system problems are not something to take lightly. They can create significant health risks for your family, and even your community if sewage reaches local water supplies. If you see any sign of failure, do not wait to have your septic system repaired. Call Superior Septic Pros today to talk to a professional about how these problems can be repaired quickly.
Avoiding Future Problems
We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: the best way to avoid problems with your septic system is to simply perform routine maintenance at the recommended intervals. This means you should have your tank inspected once per year and pumped every two to three years.
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