Central plumbing makes modern life easier, so when something goes wrong with your septic tank you might find yourself a little dismayed. Luckily, there are specialists you can call if something should go wrong. Yet, you might not even know when something has gone wrong until it is far too late. So, if you notice any of the following you'll want to get your septic system checked out right away.
1. Pooling Water Outside
This is one of the first signs you really should have your system checked out. It might be easy to discount standing puddles of water to weather, but you really shouldn't write it off that simply. Generally, if a pool is constantly standing in the area where your tank is buried that means that it is most likely full, which means it needs to pumped before something worse than standing water occurs.
2. Sewage Backup
This one is a bit more obvious, but probably the most alarming of all the symptoms. If at any point sewage starts to back up into any of your fixtures that means your septic tank is at critical capacity and should be looked at immediately. On one hand, it's a sign that you can't miss, on the other, it can leave a very foul smell in your house as well as leave stains that can be difficult to get rid of. Obviously, you should call someone to come out immediately.
3. Slow Drains
Sometimes a slow drain is simply a clog, but sometimes it's something much more sinister. Of course, you should always use commercial strength drain cleaner to determine if the cause is the tank, but if it is you will need to get your tank pumped as well. Generally, the best hint that this is the case is if multiple fixtures in your home drain slowly as a general clog will only affect one drain.
4. Foul Odors
If you're ever in a situation where you are walking around outside your yard and you find yourself being assaulted by foul smells, your tank also might be in need of service. This means your septic tank is getting near capacity as the waste water is escaping the tank and seeping into the soil. This can make being outside your house unpleasant as well as lead to more pressing problems.
So, if you notice any of these symptoms you really should call a septic tank service professional right away. If you continue to ignore the problem there is a very real possibility that the tank can rupture, which will cost you a small fortune to fix.