For most people, the septic system to their home or business isn’t something they devote a lot of thought to on an average day. Your home or business’ septic system can be one of those things that you just kind of forget about until it starts acting up. Regardless of whether or not your system is showing signs of distress, it is always a good idea to devote some thought to properly maintaining it. Having your system pumped and inspected at regular intervals can go a long way in making sure that you never have a septic emergency on your hands, but sometimes things happen. Sometimes, despite your best efforts at maintaining them, things break down or stop functioning like they should and need repairs. Your septic system is no exception. Your system has ways of letting you know when something is wrong with it. Sometimes these signals are obvious, and sometimes they aren’t, but here are a list of 4 surefire signs that your septic system is in need of servicing.
Last Inspection Or Pumping Over 2 Years Ago
If it has been at least 2 years since the last time you remember having your septic system pumped or inspected, it’s time to have it done. Even if your system hasn’t had any noticeable problems yet, it is important to have these services performed to catch any small issues that could grow into something bigger if they aren’t taken care of. There can be any number of leaks, back-ups, or other problems with your tank that would be impossible to notice until they became a serious problem. Ideally, you should be having your system inspected and pumped every 1 to 2 years.
Wet Or Soggy Areas
If you notice that the ground around your leach field is becoming soggy or wet, it’s time to call in the professionals. This happens mostly when the leach field is clogged with roots or other debris and can cause a backup of sludge and other waste. The sogginess on the surface means the waste isn’t moving through the soil like it should be, and can quickly develop into an environmental and health hazard.
Backed-Up Or Slow Toilets
If the toilets in your home are consistently backing up, not flushing, or keeps flooding your home, you are most likely looking at an issue with your septic system. The cause of this issue is most likely going to be either a blocked pipe, an overflowing septic tank or a clogged leach field. Regardless of the cause, having sewage backing up into your home is a serious health hazard to you and your family. It is important to get a professional out there quickly to take care of it.
Bad Odor, Inside & Out
If you are getting a smell like rotten eggs or raw sewage anywhere in your home or outside on your property, it is a surefire sign that something has gone wrong with your septic system. The fact that you are getting those smells above the surface of the ground means that something in your septic system isn’t working properly, and you should call Clay County Master Plumbing, LLC for a septic system inspection immediately.