Getting your septic system serviced can be expensive. Many people worry about the cost and decide to put off calling in a professional, even if they think there could be a problem with the system. But sometimes, you simply can’t afford to put off septic tank care and maintenance. Here are the four septic systems red flags that you should never ignore.
1. Your septic system hasn’t been inspected or pumped in over two years.
Septic systems need routine care and maintenance to keep in good working condition. Even if you don’t suspect any issues, you should have an inspection done at least once a year to ensure everything is in good order. As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t had your septic system serviced for two years in a row, it’s probably time to get a professional in to look at it.
2. The grass around the leach field is consistently wet and soggy.
If the area around your leach field seems saturated, it is a big warning sign – particularly if the rest of your yard is dry and you haven’t had unusually high levels of precipitation. This can indicate a clog, meaning that waste isn’t moving through the system as it should be. This isn’t just a hassle. If left unaddressed, it can be a significant environmental and health hazard.
3. Your toilets are running slowly or are constantly backed up.
Toilet troubles can actually be a warning sign of septic system troubles. It could mean a clogged drain, an overflowing tank, or even that the leach field isn’t leaching probably. It’s best to get things checked out so a professional can identify the root of the problem.
4. You can’t get rid of an unpleasant odor in your home.
If there is a persistent smell of rotten eggs or raw sewage in your home, your septic tank is probably the culprit. Unpleasant odors are a sign that something isn’t in good working order and that things need to be checked out.
The bottom line? If you notice one of these red flags, you need to get a professional out to look at your septic tank as soon as possible! The longer you ignore the problem, the worse it will become – and the costlier it will be to fix.