2 Signs Your Septic Tank Is Failing

A septic tank is important to have if you live off of the municipal sewer line. You have to have somewhere for the wastewater you generate at your house. If your septic tank stops working, then you are stuck because you can't flush your toilet, run water down your drains, or do laundry. That's why you need to know what some of the signs of a failing septic tank are. That way, you can be proactive when you see them and try to head off the problems before they get worse. 

Bad Smell

One of the signs that your septic tank is failing is that you notice a bad smell from around your septic tank or the drain field. That can be a sign that there is a crack in the tank or that the tank has overflowed. If the bad smell is partnered with muddy or mucky soil or standing water, that is a sign that you need to have your septic tank checked out immediately. It could be something as simple as your tank needing to be pumped out, but it could be a complete failure of your tank.

Water Not Draining 

If the water isn't draining or drains really slowly, that's another sign that your septic tank is failing. It generally shows that your tank needs to be pumped out. It would help if you had your tank pumped out regularly. How frequently depends on how big your tank is and how many people are using it. In general, the average residential septic tank is around 1000 gallons. With average usage, your tank should be pumped out about every three years. If you are unsure about when it was pumped last or if it has ever been pumped out, you should contact a septic company and have them come out and pump your tank. It is generally a quick process once the lid of the tank has been uncovered. Some tanks have a buried lid, so knowing where your tank is located will make it a lot easier for the septic tank company to dig up the cover and start pumping your tank out.

If you have a septic tank, you need to make sure that you are taking good care of it. Because of that, you need to make sure that you know what some of the signs that your tank is failing are. Knowing what those signs are will help you make sure that you are on top of any problems. 

For more information about septic tank issues, contact a septic tank repair service today.