Signs of a Failing Septic System

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A neighbor’s septic system failed and it cost him thousands to have it replaced. Why can’t the city just bring the sewage lines out to you so you don’t have to worry about a septic system? Honestly, septic systems are fantastic for handling household waste. If you maintain them properly, you needn’t worry about failure. There are signs of trouble and Express Septic Services advises you watch for the following.

Slow Drains

Slow drains are a common sign something is awry with your septic system. The drains could be slowing down because your septic tank is full or there might be a clog in the main pipe. Another reason why drains slow down is an issue with your leach field. The leach field handles the wastewater. If your leach field is clogged, the water will back up into your home. If you notice your drains slowing down, there is likely an issue with your system. As an aside, you should always you drain screens on all your drains if you have a septic system. The less residue that goes down the drain the longer your system will last.

Sewage Smells and/or Strange Noises

Your septic system is enclosed so you should never smell sewage inside or outside your home. If you do, something is overflowing or leaking. You might notice a strange smell above the leach field or around the septic tank cover. If you do, call for professional help right away. One way to avoid the nightmare scenario in the introduction is to ensure you don’t end up with hazardous waste in your ground. This is expensive to clean up. Aside from smells, gurgling noises are never a good sign either. Your drains and toilets should never gurgle or bubble when they are draining water from the home.

Excess Water and/or Plant Growth

Finally, if you notice excess water or plant growth around your tank cover or above your tank or leach field, you have a problem. This is a primary signal to homeowners that it’s time for septic system inspection and service. If the tank or leach field is leaking, the water may seep and stand in your yard. Plants also thrive on the excess moisture and – ahem – fertilizer. Don’t take chances. The best way to avoid septic trouble is to have your system inspected and serviced regularly – every three to five years is a good plan. Also, avoid flushing things down the toilet and drain that can harm your system.

Call Express Septic Services at 864-302-1810 if you notice any of the above signs. We gladly help customers in Greenville, Anderson, and Spartanburg, SC.

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