Understanding The Common Signs Of Septic System Failures

There are a few common signs that your septic system is in need of repair or service, but it’s not always clear what the nature or root cause of a problem actually is. Looking for a few key indicators can help you determine a little more about what’s wrong and where the problem is likely to be located. Not only will this help expedite repairs, but in some cases it can help you avoid calling the wrong contractor, or calling a contractor with a broad area of expertise but limited availability.

Mysterious Puddles

Standing water on your lawn is often an indication of an issue with drainage of some kind, but finding standing water long after the last rain storm is a sign of a problem with your waste water system. Identifying the source and nature of that problem can often be done simply based on its location in relation to various components of your septic system. Once you’ve determined where the water is likely to be coming from, you’ll know a lot more about the problem itself.

Standing water between your home and your septic tank is often a sign of a burst wastewater pipe, and can be confirmed by flushing a toilet or filling a sink and letting it drain all at once. If the water surges or rises suddenly then what you really need is a plumber, as not all septic tank companies handle this issue and plumbers often have greater scheduling availability. The area around your drain pipes will need to be excavated and the pipe will need to be replaced.

Call a Septic Company

If you find standing water near or around your septic tank is normally a sign that the tank is full or clogged, which can be resolved simply by having it pumped out. In some cases this may also be a sign that the tank has ruptured, either due to poor maintenance practices or extreme cold, causing the liquid waste to freeze and expand. In the latter case there’s nothing to be done but replace the tank completely.

Standing water near or around the location of your drainage field is an indication that the underlying soil strata has become oversaturated. While calling a septic company will help resolve this issue, it’s also important that you look for potential causes, such as overgrown shrubbery, soil compaction or simply poor drainage. You can prevent future drainage issues by aerating your lawn and cutting back overgrown plants to clear the area around the drain field.

Repairing your septic system often shouldn’t be necessary, but when it is, you should be able to tell immediately so you’re not wasting time waiting on a contractor. Knowing your specific problem will also help ensure that when a contractor like Sullivan Septic arrives they’ll be prepared to address it.

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