6 Signs Your Septic Tank Could Be Starting to Fail

Posted on February 14, 2023

A properly installed and well-maintained septic system can last up to 30 years. But, like everything in your home, your septic tank requires maintenance to stay in good working order. If ignored for too long, your septic unit could get clogged and start to malfunction. This can not only cause significant plumbing problems, but it can also become a health hazard over time. Fortunately, there are warning signs.

A clogged septic tank pipe
  1. Wetness near the drain field: A malfunctioning septic tank stops absorbing wastewater properly. As a result, the wastewater meant to go into the tank seeps into the ground and eventually becomes a large pool of water or dampness near the drain field. 
  2. Slow-draining plumbing: When a septic tank is full, wastewater does not have the proper outlet. The water and waste meant to drain start to back up and clog your pipes, causing your drains to become naturally slow to drain.
  3. Unpleasant odor near the drain field: If you notice a strong, unpleasant smell near the drain field or your plumbing fixtures, it’s coming from your septic tank. The odors that come from the sewer can work their way into your drain field and your main drain line. 
  4. Bright green grass suddenly growing over the drain field: Mulch, which feeds the soil, consists of many different materials, including manure. Sewage can have the same properties as manure, containing nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and micronutrients that plants can absorb to grow. If you notice your lawn looks greener near the drain field than in other parts of your yard, it’s a likely indication that wastewater is leaking into your lawn.
  5. Gurgling sounds coming from your toilets: The built-up waste in the septic tank creates air pockets that cause gurgling sounds to come out of your toilet when you use other plumbing fixtures in your home. This is a definite sign that your tank is full or something is wrong with it.
  6. Sewage backup into the home: If your septic tank is full or severely clogged, your waste has nowhere to go. Eventually, everything will make its way back up your pipes and into your home. This is the most dangerous and immediate sign of system failure, as it can become a major health hazard.

It’s important to recognize these signs and address any septic tank issues as quickly as possible. Ignoring these signs could cause more serious damage and become a health hazard over time.

If you suspect you might have a problem with your tank, give us a call. Raider Rooter has been helping South Florida maintain and manage its plumbing and sewer since 1978. So, let us put our expertise to work for you. And if you’re after tips and tricks for frequent plumbing problems, consult our blog for thorough and helpful information.

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