“What’s that noise?”
Families are asking themselves that question around the house all the time. Our daily lives are so busy these days that it can become very easy to neglect the systems that make our everyday life possible.
Your septic system may be one such luxury that is taken for granted. Small issues in this system can grow into giant problems if they’re left unchecked.
The solution is to monitor your system to stop problems before they start. But how do we monitor? How do we know if our plumbing is in good shape?
Here are four signs to look for when deciding if you need a new septic system.
Your Yard Is A Lake
When a septic system starts to fail, one of the telltale signs is puddles forming in your yard. If these start to show up around the area where your tank is underground, or in your drain field, it may be a sign that your system isn’t disposing of wastewater properly.
When your septic system is struggling to perform its primary function, it may be a sign you need a new septic system.
The Grass Is Greener
Literally. If you see your lawn starting to look more vibrant, you may want to hold off on bragging to the neighbors just yet.
This ties into the puddles in your yard. The excess moisture in the lawn from the septic system failure will cause the grass to be greener. Also, since the water leaking out is wastewater, it acts as a fertilizer. This results in the grass being healthier, and may even cause excessive growth in other plants.
If you’ve noticed some of the surface signs of septic failure in your yard, you may request a septic inspection be done. Once the inspection is conducted, if your property is on well water, you may notice some contamination in the water. This is further evidence that you could need a new septic system.
If you are experiencing consistent issues with your septic tank, this could also be a sign that your septic system needs to be replaced. If the tank overflows often, this means that wastewater isn’t being handled properly by the system.
You may also notice a high accumulation of solid waste in the tank. This means that the septic system is not breaking down solids properly.
The two main functions of your septic system are processing solid waste and wastewater. If either of these functions isn’t occurring properly, it could be a symptom of a much bigger issue.
New Septic System Installation
If it turns out that you do, in fact, need a new septic system you can contact a plumbing professional in your area. If you chose to have a septic inspection conducted, the inspector may be able to recommend someone to install the new septic system for you.
You could also contact a reputable septic company to find out more about the solutions they can provide for you and your family.