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3 Simple Signs Your Septic System May Be Failing

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If you have lived in your home for a while, you probably understand how overwhelming maintenance can be. There are many tasks that are essential to protecting the look, value, and basic function of your home. From mowing the grass and washing the windows to repairing a leaky faucet, it can feel like you'll never be done.

Unfortunately, most homeowners overlook maintenance on their septic system. Considering that the septic system is an imperative part of your home's ability to remove waste, maintenance is key. Also, ensuring it is in proper working condition is necessary for your finances. Replacing a septic system can cost thousands of dollars.

A proper understanding of your septic system will not only help you learn the importance of maintenance, but it can also save you money in the future. If you notice one of these early warning signs, your septic system may be in the early stages of failing.

1. Draining Issues

Clogs in your toilet, shower drain, and kitchen sink are normal from time to time. Slow drainage and continuous clogs may be due to grease, food, hair, and soap scum building up in your drains. Removing this buildup will allow them to drain in an efficient and effective manner.

If you are noticing your sinks, tubs, and showers are struggling to drain regularly, there may be an underlying issue with your septic system. The buildup may affect the drains inside your home, but it could stem from a severe buildup in your septic tank.

Specialists will need to inspect your septic system to determine if it needs to be pumped. Using specialized augers, debris can be removed from the septic lines before the tank is pumped to free all buildup from the system. Cleaning the lines and tank should solve all drainage issues.

Slow drainage may only seem like an annoyance, but it is one of the most common warning signs of an issue with your septic system.

2. Foul Odors

A slight odor coming from your septic tank or pump outdoors is normal from time to time. But a strong odor coming from the septic lines and tank may be a signal that your system is failing. These odors stem from the different types of waste combining, creating a septic gas that easily flows out of the tank.

The foul odors may smell similar to rotten eggs or bodily waste, and they will affect your home's appeal and your overall mood.

Professionals should inspect your system for clogs before pumping your septic tank. Cleaning your septic tank will not only remove the buildup, but it will also decrease odors and reduce your risk of a costly septic backup.

3. Damp or Soggy Lawn

You may think having a moist lawn is ideal for healthy, green grass, but excessively damp and soggy areas may be a sign of an issue with your septic system.

Over time, your septic tank will fill with water and waste. As it reaches maximum capacity, the tank should set off an alarm, signifying the tank needs to be pumped.

The grass and landscaping around your actual septic tank or pump may be damp. Areas of your lawn where the septic lines run may be greener and wetter than the other parts of your yard.

To solve this problem, you should have your tank pumped to remove waste and heavy buildup inside both the tank and septic lines.

Knowing the signs of a septic system failure is imperative to protect your home and finances. If you are experiencing one or more of the above warning signs, contact A Better Aim Septic, Inc. to have your septic system examined, cleaned, and maintained as necessary.