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Why is There Water Pooling Over My Septic Tank?

Posted by ADB Septic on April 23, 2019

septic poolingNow that we’re officially in the rainy season of the year, it’s not uncommon to see pools of water around your property and in your yard. However, pools of water over your septic tank can be a different story. If you’ve noticed pools of water that don’t seem to go away, even when there are a few dry days, it can indicate a bigger problem. Even worse, if there’s an odor that accompanies those pools of water, you can be fairly certain that the pools of water are septic system-related. Wondering why there's water pooling over your septic system? We've compiled a list of the top septic system problems that lead to pooling water and what you can do about them.

Causes of Septic Pooling

Flooded Drain Field

If you have a septic system, a flooded drain field could be the cause of standing water. Drain fields can flood because of impacted soil or clogging in your septic system that leads to an overworked system. When your drain field is overworked, it cannot always filter water quickly and will flood. Heavy rainfall and water runoff can also collect in your drain field leading to flooding.

Full Septic Tank

When your septic tank is full, the liquids can start leaking out into the drain field. When this leakage occurs, there is often a buildup of liquid that results in standing water in your yard. This type of seepage is easy to spot because it will be accompanied by foul-smelling odors. If the standing water in your yard also smells like sewage, a full septic tank is probably the issue.

Poor Drainage

Often times, standing water occurs simply because a yard has poor drainage. If the soil in your yard is compacted or is not the right type to drain rainwater properly, standing water can occur. The landscape of your yard can contribute to poor drainage as well, with fencing or other installations blocking proper drainage. If improper drainage is the cause of standing water in your yard, you will probably notice it after heavy rainfall.

Solutions to Septic Pooling

Septic System Repairs

Often times, repairs to your septic system will help fix your standing water issue. Leaks and clogs in your system can often lead to an overworked system and flooding. These issues are ones that can lead to standing water. To prevent this issue, you should repair all aspects of your system to ensure that it’s working properly, ensuring that your yard will not have standing water.

Septic Tank Pumping

If the standing water in your yard is the result of a full septic tank, it will be a fairly easy fix. You simply need to pump your septic tank. Pumping your tank will remove all solids from the tank to ensure that the liquids do not overflow. Additionally, during the pumping, your septic services company will remove all existing standing water from the yard and make sure it looks like new.

Improve Drainage

If standing water is a frequent issue for you, improving the drainage in your yard will help. Aerating your lawn and de-thatching it, raking the yard and removing debris will often improve drainage. If the drainage problem persists, you can hire a professional landscaper to reconfigure your yard to improve drainage. Regardless of your tactics, improving the drainage in your lawn is an effective way to prevent standing water from gathering in your yard.


ADB Septic | CT Septic System Services

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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Topics: Septic System Flooding, Standing Water in Yard, Pooling Water Over Septic Tank

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