Hidden Dangers: 7 Most Common Septic Tank Problems Exposed

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Septic tank problems can be messy, expensive, and bad for nearby water sources (including well water). When troubling signs first appear, it is crucial to call in a septic tank cleaning professional like Honey-Wagon Septic Service to prevent problems from getting any worse.

By quickly identifying and treating the septic tank issues in this article can save you money and hopefully avoid even bigger problems associated with septic tank failure.

Here are a few ways to know that might not be right with your septic system:

1. Pipe Gurgling Sounds

Does it sound like a ghost is haunting your bathroom? If you hear gurgling sounds after you flush the toilet or run the water it may be an indication the tank is full and needs pumping, or has other problems.

2. Slow Drains

If you notice that your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower, and/or bathtub are starting to drain slowly, that could point to a problem with the pipes in your home (a plumbing company issue) or possibly your septic system (a septic company service).

3. Trouble Flushing

When your toilet is slow to flush or won't flush, and a plunger doesn't fix it, there's a good chance there could be something wrong with the septic system. It could be that the tank is full; which is easily solved with a septic tank pumping. It could also be an indication of a clog in the pipes.

4. Bad Odors

All you need to tell that something is wrong with the septic tank is a good sense of smell. If you keep smelling the stench of rotten egg coming from your pipes, you are likely smelling toxic sulfur. If you walk outside near where the septic tank is buried and the smell increases, it's very likely that raw sewage has escaped the tank.

5. Water Backup

If water is backing up when you run the washing machine or worse yet sewage has backed up into the house, it’s time to call for help! Sewage backups are one of the worse symptoms of a failing septic system.

6. Greener Grass

Might not seem like much, but one of the first signs that a septic drain field is failing is that grass will start growing greener or faster in that section than the rest of your property. Your lawn might be enjoying the extra fertilizer at the roots, but this means the septic tank has probably been experiencing issues for quite some time.

7. Standing Water

If you see puddles or patches of standing water near the drain field, it is a sign something is very wrong with your septic system. The system is failing, so smelly water is accumulating at the drain field, something that can pose a health hazard and must be addressed immediately. Be sure to call in the experts right away!

Septic Tank Cleaning and Care

There are many things that can cause a septic system to start having issues including non-septic safe materials or chemicals entering the system, roots entering the system and causing leaks, or other types of damage.

If you notice any of these signs and symptoms of a full or damaged septic tank, it's crucial to seek help as soon as possible as to not make the septic problem worse.

To help avoid septic tank problems like these, call Honey-Wagon Septic Service to have our septic tank experts check the system, maintain and pump the septic tank, and schedule a routine maintenance check in before trouble arises.

Give us a call today at 913-681-3563 to schedule an appointment.

Staff 8/6/2022