Your responsibility as a homeowner is to remain aware of any potential problems on your property and to act promptly to fix them. Otherwise, larger problems could develop and not only prevent you from living comfortably, but also cost more than you can afford to correct. Unfortunately, a faulty septic tank can become one of these very issues. Home septic systems are built to last, but this doesn’t mean they don’t occasionally need maintenance or even repairs. So, make sure you’re aware of the signs your septic system needs repair in order to act in a timely manner.
Deteriorating Lawn Health
Since a property’s designated septic tank is often installed underneath the ground in the yard, many sufferers of faulty systems experience deterioration of lawn health. Whether the soil is unable to sustain grass at all or you have frequent fluctuations between growth and decay, wastewater from a faulty septic tank may be to blame. Leaking wastewater from the tank can begin to alter the nutrients in the soil, making it difficult—or sometimes impossible—for anything to grow in that area.
Frequent Standing Puddles
As increasing amounts of water begin flowing out of your broken septic tank, you may also begin to notice your yard developing large standing puddles. This is because the amount of water in the ground has exceeded the amount the soil can handle, creating indents where the water can collect. This doesn’t just severely affect the appearance of your yard—it can also become a serious danger for you and your family.
If the wastewater is allowed to sink deep enough belowground, it can also begin affecting the quality of your home’s supply of groundwater. You may not be in immediate danger if you don’t typically use a well, but it’s still crucial that you fix the problem before it contaminates nearby water sources. You can often identify contaminated water by its rancid smell; under no circumstances should you use it for any purpose.
Overall Tank Age
Sometimes, even just the age of your tank is enough of a reason to consider having repairs done. You may not have had problems with it in the past, but age can significantly reduce the tank’s ability to hold wastewater. As the tank gets older, something is more likely to break and cause future issues you may not be prepared to handle. If your tank is about 20 years old or older, you should plan to either get repairs or replace it entirely.
At Tidy Tank Septic Service, we want to ensure that each home we visit is left with a positive experience and a perfectly working septic system. This is why, in addition to tank pumping and cleaning, we also offer septic repair services to fix any immediate issues that could grow into something more. If you notice any of the above signs that your system is malfunctioning, be sure to reach out to us immediately.