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How to Tell When It's Time for Septic System Maintenance

Posted by ADB Septic on October 4, 2019

Your septic system is an important part of your home, as it is responsible for handling waste and treating wastewater. If your home has a septic system, it’s important to do what you can to keep your system in good working order. One of the most important things you can do to keep your septic system functioning is to keep an eye out for warning signs that your system is in need of maintenance to fix small problems before they turn into big, expensive ones. We’ve compiled a list of the top five signs that your septic system is in need of immediate maintenance.


1. Flooded Drain Field

The ground surrounding your septic tank should always be perfectly dry. Flooding around your septic tank indicates there’s a leak or pump problems. If you notice dark water flooding your yard, call your septic repair team right away to investigate. 

This specially engineered part of your property has been designed to safely protect your septic system, mitigating the risk of contamination or overflowing. So, when you notice that your leach field is soggy or flooded, this could indicate that it is time for you to replace your system.

If water is pooling on the ground, the tank may be full, leaving the liquid layer with no place to go. It could also mean solid waste has clogged the drainpipes. On the other-hand, if you notice that the surrounding grass is greener and healthier-looking than the rest of the yard, you may have uncovered the signs of surfacing septic system. Ideally, the grass should look the same above the tank as it does throughout the rest of the yard.

2. Sewage Backups

In any scenario where raw sewage starts to back up into your toilet, this is a clear sign that something is wrong with your septic system. A healthy, properly functioning septic system has the ability to process all of the wastewater that flows from your home, without backing up or clogging. Considering that raw sewage is very hazardous to your health, you will want to get to the bottom of this issue right away.

3. Bad Odors

In a normal septic system, all wastewater from the house flows into a tank buried somewhere in the yard. From there, solids accumulate at the bottom where bacteria works slowly to digest them, and liquids are stored on top. If you begin to notice an odor of rotten eggs or sewage coming from the drains or ventilation system, it’s time for septic tank maintenance.

Odors can occur indoors or outside near the drain field. Septic system issues aren’t always caused by a full tank. Improper maintenance can impact the health of a septic system and rapidly erode its ability to absorb waste. Caring for your tank between pumping by using septic safe products and not disposing of inappropriate things down your drain is the best way to keep the pump truck at bay.

4. Frequent Need to Pump Your Tank

Generally speaking, it’s prudent for your septic tank to be professionally pumped every 2-4 years. If your system starts to back up and requires on going pumping on a more frequent basis, it may be time to upgrade.

Normally, properly designed tanks have enough space for up to three to five years' safe accumulation of sludge. When the sludge level increases beyond this point, sewage has less time to settle properly before leaving the tank. As the sludge level increases, more solid wastes escape into the soil absorption system (SAS). If the SAS becomes so clogged that it cannot absorb liquid at the rate at which it enters the tank, the plumbing will "back up" or unsanitary wastewater will bubble to the surface.

5. Gurgling Water

Another surefire sign of trouble is gurgling noises coming from flushing toilets or running faucets. A clogged pipe can cause this issue, as bubbles of air will get trapped in the pipe, drying it out and leaving the pipe unable to take in water properly. This gurgling noise can also come from an overly full drain field or septic tank, which can cause backups that lead to gurgling when waste is unsure which direction to travel through your pipes.]


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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, drains, and more.

Our business is committed to meeting your needs and completing your job with the utmost professionalism and precision. We put your satisfaction, safety, and comfort at the forefront of our priority list. When you hire us, you can achieve complete peace of mind.

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