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Signs of Septic System Failure

If you are buying an acreage with a home already on it, or have lived in your home with a septic system for quite some time, you may notice a few signs that could tell you that the septic system needs repair or replacing. It is important to take care of your septic system and ensure it’s running properly to avoid a costly expense or even risks to your health.

We are reminded every day to take care of the most pricey things in our homes like fine china, electronics or even our vehicles that we look at or use often - and although the septic system is one of the most important aspects of our homes, we tend to forget to care for them or inspect them to ensure they are working to their best ability.

Septic systems require routine maintenance and care to provide reliable service for many years. If it isn’t maintained, a failed or faulty system is a risk to human and animal health, and can pollute the environment. Untreated waste water can cause diseases and can contaminate nearby wells and bodies of water.

It is important to respond quickly to fixing your system if you notice these signs:

  • Showers, bathtubs and sinks drain very slowly

  • Gurgling sounds in the plumbing system

  • Water and sewage from toilets and drains are backing up into the home

  • Bad odors in your home or around the septic tank or drainfield

  • Bright green, lush and spongy grass or puddles over the septic tank or drainfield

How can you prevent failure? Follow this infographic to care for your system:

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