Identifying a failing septic system can be difficult to an untrained eye. If you notice any of the warning signs listed below or have any suspicions that your system may have problems, get it inspected by a licensed professional right away.
While it may be necessary to have the tank pumped during the repair process, pumping the tank alone will not correct a failing system. If your system is beyond repair, pumping a failing system is only a temporary solution and you may need a new system altogether.
Septic systems do not typically show signs of failure until they are in an advanced state of deterioration. There are a few telltale indicators that you may see when trying to determine if your onsite sewage system has failed:
- Odors. A “rotten egg” odor inside or outside the house can be indicative of gases that are released during the decomposition processes.
- A foul smelling, slimy, blackish liquid in the drainfield area or out of down-slope pipes or banks.
- Standing water or damp soils in drainfield area or around septic tank area.
- Soggy spots with lush, bright green grass.
- Water that rises to the surface during heavy rain or when your water use is high, such as when doing laundry.
- Gurgling sounds in the plumbing system
- Surfacing sewage on the ground or discharging into surface waters. Sewage backing up into the toilets, bathtubs, or floor drains.
- Constant plumbing backups. Slow draining sinks, toilets, and other fixtures.
It is not fair to assume that a total sewage system replacement is always needed. If you suspect that your system is failing, contact us for assistance. As a septic system repair and install professional, we are trained to properly identify system failures and provide you with individual solutions. Contact us today for an appointment.
FloHawks provides professional services for septic inspections and septic pumping as well as installation, repair, and maintenance of septic systems. FloHawks also provides plumbing and drain cleaning services for both residential and commercial customers.
Washington State Department of Health, Wastewater Management Program
Your local Health Department may be able to provide you technical assistance to help you determine the best solution for your situation.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, SepticSmart Program