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Four Signs You Need To Service Your Septic Tank

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Septic tanks are a necessary alternative to sewer systems for houses and buildings located in rural areas. They make use of bacteria and chemicals to break down organic waste slowly over time. However, like all parts of your home, septic tanks can become damaged and begin to malfunction over time due to age and general wear and tear. Knowing the warning signs of a failing septic tank can help you determine when to contact a professional before your septic tank fails entirely.

Slow Drainage

If the water within your house across several different water fixtures and appliances is no longer draining at the proper rate, your septic tank is probably full. Some slow drainage, such as toilet clogs or sink problems, can be attributed to a blockage in your pipes – but if the drainage doesn't speed up after making use of a plunger or another method to clear your plumbing, the issue most likely lies with your septic tank.


In the same vein as above, if there is any sewage backup or if flushed waste comes back up, your septic tank is most likely almost full and needs to be pumped immediately. Besides being simply unpleasant to experience, this also represents a health hazard as it exposes you to bacteria which may be harmful to your health if left unchecked for an extended period of time.

Bad Smells

Another clear indicator that you need to contact a professional to inspect your septic tank is a bad smell. If you smell sewage within your home, your septic tank is likely full and just needs to be pumped. If you can smell sewage in your yard or around the exterior of your home, there is an issue with the integrity of your septic tank or plumbing that is causing sewage to leak into the ground.

Grass Growth

Though an easily missed sign, a portion of the grass in your yard growing faster than the rest is an important indicator that there is something wrong with your septic tank. When this occurs, it usually means that your septic tank is leaking, causing organic matter to seep into the dirt of your lawn, acting as fertilizer and promoting the growth of grass and any other plants that it comes into contact with. This can be a serious problem if left unchecked, as it means that your septic tank is either overflowing or somehow damaged.

For more help, contact a service like Ace Sanitation Service.