Common Septic Tank Problems

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To ensure your septic tank will function properly for years to come, it is important to know and recognize common septic tank problems, so you can call for help when you need it.

Common Septic Tank Problems

Be sure to promptly give us a call if you notice these, or any other, septic tank problems:

  1. Overloaded tank. An overloaded septic tank is a septic tank that contains too much solid waste, which may result in system failure. Signs of an overloaded septic tank include slow draining, sewage backups, and gurgling noises in plumbing.
  2. Block drain field. A blocked drain field occurs when soil in the drain field becomes compacted or saturated which results in failure of proper wastewater absorption. To recognize this, signs to watch out for include slow draining, foul odors, standing water in the vicinity of the septic tank, and sewage backups.
  3. Damaged pipes. Damaged pipes allow wastewater to escape and contaminate the soil and groundwater. Signs of damaged pipes include wet patches, unpleasant smells, and unusual lushness of plants located above the septic tank.
  4. Tree root infiltration. Tree root infiltration occurs when trees seeking additional moisture infiltrate the septic tank or drain field. To know if a tree root infiltration is affecting your septic system, you may observe slow drains, gurgling sounds, and sewage backups.

As you probably noticed, there is an overlap between the symptoms and potential causes in the list above. Therefore, it is best to contact our septic service professionals, so we can accurately diagnose the problem. Give us a call today and we will work with you to determine the cause of any septic tank problems you may be facing.