Nothing is quite as frustrating as a failing septic system. Not only are septic backups smelly and disgusting, but they can also be extremely costly to fix and clean up after. That’s why it’s important to be able to recognize the beginning of a septic issue before it turns into a disastrous problem. Here are some tell-tale signs of a malfunctioning septic system.
Slow Draining Sinks and Toilets
One of the first signs of a septic system issue is slow draining sinks and toilets. If you have one slow draining sink, then you most likely have a plumbing issue with that fixture. However, if all your sinks are suddenly slow to drain and your toilets aren’t flushing properly, this points to a septic problem. Instead of fiddling with your drains or trying to take apart your plumbing, call your septic company right away.
A Strong Rotten Egg Smell
Septic backups have a very distinctive smell, kind of like a rotten egg. This strong sulfur smell is almost always a sign that there is a septic issue. If your septic system is working properly, you won’t smell it. A leaking system or a backup is usually the source of that rotten egg odor.
Lush Green Grass
Your drain field is usually a grassy green area. However, if you notice the grass surrounding your tank suddenly becoming patchy or lush green more so in some areas than others, this could point to a problem. When a tank is leaking, the septic material fuels the surrounding grass and plant life causing them to grow quickly and flourish. Luckily, this is all visible, so a vigilant homeowner can spot the problem quickly.
If you notice any signs that there may be a problem with your septic system, give Affordable Pumping Services a call right away. We even have 24/7 emergency service available if necessary!