Most of the septic system issues are caused by abuse, overuse, and lack of proper maintenance. In case your home has a septic tank, you should know that the costs of replacing a septic system can be quite high, not to mention the impact that the process of replacing the system will have on the environment.
Your septic system plays a huge role in keeping your home healthy and safe; therefore, you should consider having it inspected for problems or leaks at least once per year. In this post, we shall show you some of the tell-tale signs that indicate that you need to get your septic pump replaced.
1. Noticeably Wet or Soggy Spots of the lawn
This is usually the first sign of a faulty septic system. The system is designed to push affluent out of the septic tank (through the drainage field) in a safe and unnoticeable manner. Therefore, if you notice water pools above the field line, it is a sign that the system is clogged and not functioning properly.
2. Foul odors inside the Home or near your Tank
Domestic waste water includes all the water originating from the bathroom, kitchen, sinks, bathtubs, dishwasher, washing machine, and toilet. Besides the liquid, septic tanks also hold solid waste. When the tank is overburdened with waste, you will notice unusual odor especially above the drainage field or the septic tank itself.
This is a subtle sign that there is something wrong with your septic system.
3. Slow Drains in Sinks and Toilets
Drains in your home slowing down can be a sign that your tank is not functioning properly. Usually, this is a gradual process, but there are cases when the homeowner has very limited time before the system shuts down completely. This may occur due to too much sludge in the septic tank.
4. Drain Noises
Gurgling sounds, especially from the bathroom, can be a sign of a backed up septic system. If waste piping to or from a septic tank to a leach drain is partially blocked, your home’s drain may produce a gurgling sound.
In lighter usage of building fixtures, your drain may appear to function normally, but in heavier usage, the gurgling sound may be more pronounced
5. Grass is Greener or Grows Faster above your Drainage Field
If your septic system is performing optimally, the grass around the leach drain will be as healthy as the grass in the surrounding areas of your yard. However, if you notice that the grass around the drain field is of deeper green color compared to other areas of the yard, your septic system may have a problem. This usually indicates that there is too much rise of waste liquid from the system.
6. Contaminated wells or streams
When tests show the existence of contaminants (bacteria or unhealthy levels of nitrates) in your well water or water from the stream nearby, it is a sign that your septic system is underperforming. Any contaminant from the septic system is potentially major health risk.
7. Sewage Backup
It is disgusting to see raw sewage back up in your sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. When this happens, it is a subtle indication that your septic system is not performing properly. If the system is functioning optimally, it will be able to handle all the domestic wastewater from your home without clogging or backing up.
8. Presence of Algae and Aquatic Weeds in the Nearby Water Bodies (ponds or streams)
When this happens, know that your septic system is not performing as required (contaminants or nutrients are moving from your septic system).
9. The Constant need for Pumping
In case you find that your septic tank needs frequent pumping, it may be a sign of a problem. You may notice this issue if your family has recently grown.
Here are the tips that will help you recognize if it is time to replace your septic pump. Recognizing these telltale signs can help you save cash. So good luck using them.