It can be extremely difficult for homeowners to know that their septic system is suffering problems if they are unaware of the particular indications that septic problems can have. After learning more about these potential warning signs, responding to septic problems before they can cause major damages or problems will be easier.
Smells In The Yard
Despite the fact that the septic system is buried deep below the ground, it can create powerful odors in the yard when it is malfunctioning. These odors are due to gases and fluids seeping out of the septic system. While a homeowner may assume that it is normal for the area around their septic system to smell unpleasant, this should be kept to a minimum if the system is functioning correctly. Whenever you notice a change in smells in the yard near the septic system, a professional should be contacted to determine whether damage or malfunctions are responsible for these odors. Repairing these leaks can be important for limiting the risk of the soil becoming contaminated or excessively eroded.
Drain Performance Problems
All of the water that enters the drains of your home is likely to pass through the septic tank system. As a result, it is possible for issues with the septic tank to lead to problems with the performance of the drains. More specifically, it is common for the drains to slow in response to issues with the septic system. Often, homeowners will assume that these performance issues are due to obstructions in the pipes. However, this issue can also result from the septic tank being at capacity because this will prevent additional water from entering the system. One way a homeowner can tell that the drain issue may be occurring due to problems with the septic system will be that all of the drains are impacted. In most instances, obstructions in the pipes will lead to localized drain issues.
Loud Sounds When Water Is Draining
A septic system that is at capacity or that is suffering from an obstruction can create extremely loud sounds when water enters the drains. There can be many potential causes for these sounds, but they will typically be described as gurgling or banging sounds. This sounds may not seem serious at first, but they will often be among the first warning signs that there are problems developing with the home's septic system. While it can be tempting to delay repairs or evaluations until further problems develop, promptly responding to these sounds may allow you to avoid more extensive disruptions or repairs.
For more information, contact a company that offers residential septic services.