Common Septic Tank Problems in Your Home

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Many homes rely on a septic system for wastewater management. While these systems are necessary for anyone who is not connected to a municipal sewer system, there are necessary maintenance tasks that are unique to septic systems.

Common Septic Tank Problems in Your Home

It is also important to take note of the potential problems your septic tank may encounter. Some of these problems include:

  • Drainage issues. Slow drains in toilets, showers, and sinks are often the first sign to indicate a problem with your septic tank or drainage system. They can be caused by clogs from non-biodegradable materials that should not have been down the drain. A buildup of these materials can lead to your tank filling up faster. Drainage issues can also be a sign that your tank is simply too full and needs to be pumped.
  • Foul odors. A tank that is functioning properly shouldn’t emit any odors. If you encounter a foul smell indoors, the sewage could be backed up into one of the drains inside the house. However, if the odor is outside, especially around the tank or the drain field, it indicates a sewage leakage from the system before treatment.
  • Unusual sounds. Bubbling sounds in your pipes, sinks, or toilets are a telltale sign your tank has a problem. They can result from clogs between pipes connecting your plumbing system to the tank or blockage between the drain field and the tank itself.
  • Standing water. You may suddenly notice a pool of water standing near your septic system or oddly green grass in the yard. All this could indicate a leak in your tank or the tank sending a lot of water through your lateral lines, resulting in wastewater saturating in your yard.

At Marion Pumper, we are a professional septic system service provider. Call us today for help with your septic tank, whether there is a problem to diagnose, you need repairs, or you are ready to schedule maintenance.