Don't Speak Septic? Here's 3 Ways Your Septic System Will Communicate With You

Posted on: 12 May 2015

If you've never had a septic tank before, you might be in for a surprise. Unlike a sewer system where you rarely have to think about it, you have to think about your septic system quite often. In fact, every time you flush the toilet or wash something down the drain, you need to wonder if it's safe for your septic tank. Some things, like anti-bacterial soaps and even garbage disposal waste, can ruin your septic tank.

In most cases, your septic tank will give you a warning when there's an issue you need to worry about. You need to understand those warning signs so that you know what to do when they happen. Here are just a few of the warning signs you should be aware of.

Gurgling Sounds

You probably don't listen to your toilet when you flush. If you have a septic tank, you should be listening. When your septic tank is functioning properly, you'll only hear the flushing sound. However, if the tank is getting full or sewage is backing up in the drains, you'll hear a faint gurgling sound each time you flush. If the gurgling sound is loud, or there is a slight delay before the solids go down the drain, it's probably time to have your septic tank pumped.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are a way for your septic tank to let you know that it's having a hard time accepting everything that you're sending its way. Your tank may be reaching maximum capacity, which means that solids are starting to build up in the pipes. Have your drains cleaned; if you still experience frequent clogs, your septic tank may be in need of maintenance.

Sewage Back-Ups

Once your septic tank has filled beyond capacity, and it's gone through all the other warning signs, you'll begin noticing raw sewage backing up into your bathtubs. First, you'll notice small amounts of brown, smelly water in your tubs. Next, you'll notice larger amounts of brown water coming up from the drain. Finally, you'll find brown water and solid waste coming up through the drain into your tub. When that happens, you'll need to have the septic tank pumped and the drains cleaned in your home. You'll also need to sanitize your tubs to prevent illnesses.

Your septic tank has a way of letting you know when it's having problems that you'll need to tend to. Be aware of the warning signs that accompany septic problems. You should have your septic tank serviced through a company like Zeb Watts Septic & Underground, Inc. as soon as you notice any of the signs listed above.


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