Whether you rent or own the place you live in, keeping up with maintenance is a critical aspect in making sure the things around you function smoothly. While preventative maintenance is essential, sometimes that still isn’t enough, and you can quickly end up with a malfunctioning system.
If your property has a septic tank, it is arguably the most important property element that needs to be maintained regularly. A backed-up or clogged septic tank can lead to costly repairs, damage to your plumbing, and an inconvenient situation that can prevent you from using any sinks, showers, or toilets in your home for an extended period of time. Here are 3 signs to look for that could mean there’s a problem that needs to be addressed.
When using the sink or shower, you may notice the water is draining slower than usual. This slow drain can be something simple like a blockage at a specific location that can usually be resolved with a plumber’s snake. However, it could be more serious like a blockage at the actual septic tank.
Another indication of a blocked septic tank is a strong odor. This smell usually emanates from the drain and is caused by the water that cannot drain into the tank. This blockage causes backups in the plumbing, leading to strong smells at the locations of the drains.
While the previous symptoms are similar or even related, one of the less noticeable signs of a clogged tank is standing water around the drain field. The drain field is the area around the septic tank that allows the water to drain back into the ground. If you start to notice puddles or standing water in this area, it could mean you have a problem.
If you notice any of the above signs or anything abnormal, it’s best to call a professional and have your system checked out right away. If caught early enough, there may be different methods to help the issue that might not be as costly as if the problem were to continue.