A septic tank is not a part of your home you want to ignore. It is actually quite different from using a city sewer system because it does require some attention and maintenance over the years. Here are some problems to be aware of if you own a septic tank.
The septic tank may be buried underneath your backyard, but it shouldn't be causing any odors to form either in or outside of your home. A common problem that people notice is an odor when walking around where the tank is buried. This is a sign that you have sewage that is somehow leaking out of the tank and going into the surrounding soil rather than the drain field. There could be a pipe that is damaged by tree roots, or a crack in the septic tank itself that is allowing waste to seep out of it. You'll need to contact a septic service contractor to inspect the tank and the pipes connected to it for damage.
Be concerned if you ever notice that the drains in your home are moving very slowly. This is likely due to a problem with the plumbing that connects to your septic tank. If it's due to a pipe that is cracked as previously mentioned, you'll also experience an odor. However, a clog can cause the water to move slowly and have those slow moving drains as well.
Ever hear a weird gurgling sound when flushing the toilet, taking a shower, or using the sink? This is an indication that the tank is approaching its maximum capacity. There is a blockage somewhere in the pipe that leads to the septic tank, and the waste has nowhere to go. If you do not act quickly, all of the wastewater could end up backing up into your home and causing a big mess. Have a septic tank service company come and pump the tank so that the waste has somewhere to go.
Has the grass around your septic tank suddenly become a lot more green? This is another problem caused by a septic tank that is damaged and leaking sewage. It is essentially fertilizing the ground and causing all of the grass on top of the leak to start flourishing. While it may seem odd that green grass is a bad thing, it's actually an indication that the septic tank is in need of repair.
After dealing with a debilitating sewage flood a few years back, I decided to turn my attention to the proper care and maintenance of our septic tank. We had never spent much time trying to keep things in good shape, but we didn't want to deal with another sewage problem. To make things right, we met with the septic tank professionals and talked about how to keep our system in good shape. We worked hard to check for problems, and we called in the professionals at the first sign of trouble. Ever since then, we haven't had any issues. This blog is all about keeping your plumbing on point.