Signs that your septic tank has failed
Terrible Odors – As sludge builds up in the tank, waste sits higher. It can lead to future problems if left untreated. When you start smelling foul odors around your home or business, it might be a sign that your septic tank is failing.
Slow Drainage – Your drains may slow down if your septic system is malfunctioning. Check to see if the water drains slower next time you take a bath or wash the dishes.
Puddling of Water – If you see unusual water puddles in your yard, especially if they have an odor, or around your septic system, take note. A full septic tank can lead to wastewater backing up and leaking into other parts of your home.
Pipes Gurgling – If you hear gurgling sounds from your plumbing system. Generally, from drains such as sinks, showers, and baths. You might have a septic tank failure.
Grass Growing Near Drain – Drain fields are connected to septic tanks to distribute wastewater outside. You might have a septic tank problem if your lawn next to the drain looks particularly lush. Or if you have grass that looks spongy or very lush even in dry weather.
If a septic tank fails, what will happen?
Failure of a septic system results in the release of untreated sewage. The result may be sewage coming to the surface of the ground around the tank or drainfield or backing up through pipes in the building. Even leading to overflowing toilets. The sewage could also find its way into groundwater. Hazardous contaminants and pathogens can be found in sewage. People and animals can become sick from exposure to these pathogens and contaminants. Category 3 water damage, the worst kind that can make a property unlivable, can take place. More about this is below. Ultimately, if a septic tank has failed. It needs to be fixed ASAP. It’s not something that should be put on a ‘to-do’ list that can be sorted out in the next month. If you have a septic tank failure and sewage overflowing. You need to call us ASAP. Revive can help you 24/7.
With regular septic system maintenance, this can be avoided to a degree. But, if your septic system leaks then a professional water damage restoration company that specializes in sewage backup and septic tank failures is needed. A septic leak can cause damage to your entire house depending on how bad it is. Depending on the location of your septic tank and the size of the leak, your home might suffer water damage if the fluid is sent up to your home. A large leak or a septic tank with a large capacity can even result in flooding. You’re not just dealing with water damage in your home. A septic leak is a serious issue because water leaks out, but there is also wastewater. Which can cause even more damage to a home. You should act immediately if you notice a leak, especially a large one, and take all measures to prevent it from spreading to other parts of your house.
If you’re in the middle of a septic tank overflow. Call us ASAP!