Spotting Septic Problems


How do I know if there is something wrong with my on-site system? 

There a a number of advance signs that there may be a problem with an on-site system. Homeowners should be alert to the following warning signs of a failing septic system:

  • Test results of well water show the presence of bacteria;
  • The ground in the area is wet or soggy;
  • Grass grows greener or faster in the area;
  • Sewage odors in the house or yard;
  • Plumbing backups into the house;
  • Slowly draining sinks and toilets;
  • Gurgling sounds in the plumbing.

If one or more of these warning signs exist, the homeowner should contact a licensed septic system pumper to have the system inspected and pumped.

What can I do if my on-site system develops problems?

The first thing to do if your on-site system develops a problem is to call a septic tank pumper. If having the tank pumped out only solves the problem for a little while, you’d best have a professional look at it. Get referrals for an inspector or private company to do an analysis on your system and come up with recommendations. Be aware that you may not have to have the entire system replaced. A thorough investigation should be conducted to determine the cause and extent of the problem. You will also be required to get a permit for any repairs or alterations that are completed on your system.