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When is it Time to Call the Professionals? Big Septic Warning Signs for DIY-aholics to Heed

When is it Time to Call the Professionals? Big Septic Warning Signs for DIY-aholics to Heed

Although you may be handy around the house, there is simply no substitute for the help of a professional. Maintaining a septic system properly can be the difference between living comfortably and having a disgusting and expensive mess on your hands. For those who are not aware of the way septic systems function, it is important to know the warning signs you should watch for. While there are many ways a septic system may communicate that an issue is imminent, four signs are the most common.

Septic Warning Signs

Clogs are Frequent

Everyone has a tub or sink drain become clogged on occasion. If the problem becomes suspiciously frequent, your septic system may be to blame. When clogs happen commonly, it is a warning sign that your septic tank has reached its maximum capacity. Clogging occurs when waste flowing from your home becomes caught in the pipes due to a filled septic tank. Contacting a professional to safely empty your tank will rid you of annoying drain clogs.

Foul Odors

Unflattering odors coming from your septic tank provides the most common warning sign that something is not quite right with your system. Once again, this problem occurs due to your septic tank reaching its maximum capacity. When there is not enough room in the tank, gasses that have built up will escape through the pipes of the septic system. You should always contact a local professional when you begin to smell foul odors emanating from your septic tank.  as it will cause an uncomfortable and potentially hazardous living situation.

Toilets and Other Pipes Make Strange Noises

When using your sink, flushing the toilet or draining the tub, you should only be able to hear the water going down the pipes. If you begin hearing strange, gurgling like noises coming from your pipe system, you may have an issue with your septic tank. Going through your home and flushing every toilet will help to identify whether the problem is consistent or not. If the sound is constant, you will need to contact a professional. The professional will drain your septic tank, which should solve your issue.

Depressions and Damp Spots around the Tank

Ideally, the area your septic tank is located in should not become overly damp. Additionally, depression spots should not be present. If either of these conditions exist, your tank is either leaking or filled up. This problem can be one of the most serious cases of a dysfunctional septic system. It can lead to the tank leaking raw sewage into your yard. Raw sewage can kill grass and other plants while also presenting a health hazard to your family. If the area around the tank smells, is soggy or has puddles of dark water you should contact a professional plumber immediately.


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  • Gerty Gift
    April 11, 2019, 4:45 pm REPLY

    Thank you for explaining the damp spots around the tank. I’ve been a bit worried about it and wondered what we could do to get it fixed. It’s good to know that we’ll need to contact a plumber for help so that we can get this fixed up right away.

  • Ciara S.
    April 26, 2019, 8:11 pm REPLY

    You got me when you said that your septic tank must have reached its maximum capacity if you’re experiencing clogs frequently. With that in mind, I’ll be sure to have our sewage inspected and serviced. Since the other day, both our toilet and kitchen sink have been clogged. I am getting worried because our house is starting to have foul odors.

  • Tyler Johnson
    May 10, 2019, 1:06 pm REPLY

    That’s good to know that if you hear any weird gurgling noises from your pipes that it might be a good sign that there is something wrong. I’ll have to keep an ear out for any signs of trouble from my septic system. I should probably look for a good repairman just in case something does go wrong.

  • Thomas Jameson
    May 16, 2019, 1:56 pm REPLY

    It’s good to know that strange noises coming from you pipes means that you should call a professional for septic tank maintenance. My brother-in-law has been talking about some of the symptoms you mentioned in his house recently. I’ll pass this information along to him so he can seek out the help he needs.

  • Arya Smith
    May 16, 2019, 9:33 pm REPLY

    Thanks for helping me understand that we should call a pro when we smell foul odors since it can be hazardous to you and your family. I will share this information with my best friend since they have been having this kind of issue. She told me that she woke up a day ago in the middle of the night because of the scent that reached their bedroom.

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