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Four Signs There are Problems With Your Septic Tank



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Septic systems are designed as self-contained onsite wastewater treatment plants to process and digest waste generated by each home. Many experience performance issues unrelated to age or clogging. Here are four specific signs you may need septic system service.

Visible changes in your landscaping, such as dead plants or green lawn patches near your drain field, can indicate a growing septic system problem. This often accompanies simultaneous changes underground, where tree roots, settling, soil compaction, and animal activity can damage your septic pipes and cause system malfunction.

The appearance of wet spots or surface liquid pooling in your yard means your system is overloaded and headed toward a backup. Heavy rain can rapidly inundate your septic tank. If the groundwater level rises above the drain field, saturation and overflow are inevitable.

Home improvements, including additions and the construction of patios, driveways, and other hardscape surfaces, can constrict the natural filtration and functioning of your drain field and septic system. When planning to install improvements consider how they will affect the total load and smooth operation of your septic system.

The increased abundance of disruptive and toxic substances into your home, especially those unsafe for your septic system, has a cumulative effect. These products, including anti-bacterial cleansers and detergents, kill off beneficial organisms in your septic tank. Robbed of its ability to digest, your septic system fills with solid waste, causing slow drainage, odd sounds, and a foul odor.

Regular maintenance and preventive pumping helps identify developing problems before they become emergencies. Call SES and keep your septic system healthy.

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