Proper maintenance is essential to keeping your septic system functioning properly and ensuring its longevity. However, even with sufficient maintenance, every septic system has a lifespan that eventually comes to an end. If your system is fairly old or you have slacked on your maintenance schedule, it might be failing. If you’re worried about a failing septic system, look out for the following signs.
1. Puddles in Your Yard
If you notice puddles in your drain field or on the ground area around where your tank is buried, your system might be failing. These puddles can signify your system failing to dispose of wastewater properly. Instead, the water will leak and puddle because it cannot be gradually released into the ground. When your system is struggling to perform its basic functions, it could be in need of replacement.
2. Pipe Backups
If your system is experiencing constant backups, it might be failing. If raw sewage starts to back up in your toilet, it’s a sign that your system has serious problems. Gurgling pipes and bad odors in your home are signs that your pipes are clogged. You might also notice improper draining and decreased flushing of your toilets. If your system is experiencing consistent, serious clogging or slow drainage, it could be a sign that it needs to be replaced.
3. Bad Odors
If your septic system is not functioning properly, you might notice foul odors. If your pipes clog, they can dry out, which will produce bad odors. If your septic tank cannot properly dispose of and treat waste, sewage can travel back up your pipes. In both of these cases, you might notice a foul sewage-like odor in your home, specifically coming from your drain. If your tank cannot properly handle waste, sewage can also leak out of the tank into your yard. In this case, you will notice puddles of sewage with a foul smell in your yard, particularly over your drain field.
4. Contaminated Well Water
During a septic inspection, your inspector will likely test your water. If your water has nitrates, bacteria, or other contaminants, it could be the sign of a serious problem. This type of contamination of water indicates a failure of your system to dispose of and filter water correctly. When the failure is this severe, it could be a sign that your septic system needs to be replaced.
5. Greener Grass
If you notice the grass around your drain field or septic tank is significantly greener than the rest of your yard, it could be a sign that your septic system needs to be replaced. When the drain field begins to fail, the amount of moisture in the soil will increase significantly, causing greener grass. You might notice excessive plant growth both because of this moisture and because the sewage will act as fertilizer. If your drain field is showing signs of failure, you might need to replace your septic system.
6. Tank Issues
If your septic tank itself is experiencing constant issues, it might be in need of replacement. You might notice that the tank seems to overflow frequently, meaning that it is not disposing of wastewater properly. You may also notice a high solid accumulation in the tank, meaning that solids are not being broken down properly. If these functions of your septic tank are not working properly, it may need to be replaced.
7. Inspection Results
If you’re worried that your septic system might be in need of repair or replacement, the first step is to call in the experts. A professional inspector will assess any problems with your system and what should be done about them. If your system is in need of replacement, experts will remove your old system and replace it as quickly and efficiently as possible with minimal disruption to your home.
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To avoid these health concerns, it’s important to perform regular maintenance on your septic system. Whether you need a routine pumping or an entire replacement of your septic system, A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. can help!
A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, basement waterproofing, drains, and more.