5 Warning Signs That Your Septic Tank Is Failing

5 Warning Signs That Your Septic Tank Is Failing
  • Opening Intro -

    Septic tanks are out of sight and out of mind, and usually, that's a good thing.

    However, when things go wrong, it can be a disaster if it's not noticed quickly.


As a homeowner, there are five warning signs to keep a look out for to help prevent a septic tank failure. If you see any of the following signs, it’s time to have your septic tank serviced right away.

Slow Drains and Toilets

If your drains or toilet take a long time to go down, it’s a sign that your septic system is starting to back up. This is a warning sign of a septic tank that’s nearly full, and it shouldn’t be ignored.

Luckily, it shouldn’t be a difficult problem to fix. Simply contacting a septic tank pumping company can quickly get the situation under control, preventing more extreme problems.

Foul Odors

As a septic tank fills up, gases can build in your tank, causing foul odors. These nasty gases can even seep up through your toilet and drains, stinking up the house.

Moreover, these odorous gases can also seep up through your drain field causing a stink outside of your house. If you detect sewer odors in or around your house, contact a septic service right away, before the problem gets worse.

Lush Vegetation Over Your Drain Field

When too much waste liquid seeps out into the drain field, it’s like a dose of fertilizer for the plants above. If the plants growing on your drain field are brighter and more vigorous than the plants in the surrounding area, your septic system should be inspected.

While having a beautiful, green lawn is great, it could mean your septic system is backing up and leaking.

Standing Water in Your Yard

When your septic tank is full, water can pool up in your yard around the septic tank and drain field. But that could be just the beginning.

hard water test kithard water softening system

      some hard water issues to consider      

An overwhelmed septic system can eventually back up sewage into your home. If you have puddles around your yard, it’s time for septic tank pumping.

Sewage Backing Up Inside

Obviously, raw sewage backing up into the house is a very serious problem. In addition to being extremely unpleasant, it’s a health hazard to you and your family. Quickly remove any children from the area and keep them away.

Along with septic tank pumping, you’ll also need to call for hazardous waste clean-up to finish taking care of this problem. By the time your septic tank reaches this point, you could need a thorough septic tank inspection and overhaul.


If you’re not on a regular septic tank pumping and inspection schedule, there’s an excellent chance that sooner or later, you’ll have a serious problem. Pumping will usually solve your problem right away.

However, if you haven’t been getting your tank pumped regularly, your septic system will need to be inspected thoroughly to determine the cause of your disaster and prevent it in the future.

other related articles of interest:

Even if you don’t notice slow drains yet, you should have your septic tank pumped every three to five years or so, depending on the size of your household and how much water you use.

No one wants to have to think much about their septic system, but this important system can do a lot of damage to your home if it’s ignored. If you notice any of these signs that your septic tank is failing, call a plumber or septic tank inspector immediately.

Find Plumbing Services
Plumbing Issues Drain Clearing
Septic/Sewers Water Heaters
Pumps Water Softening
top-rated, pre-screened local contractors
pdf file FREE: download contractor selection
enter zip code – powered by HomeAdvisor ™


Image credit: warning signs that your septic tank is failing by envato.com

end of post … please share it!




directory photos forms guide

Helpful article? Leave us a quick comment below.
And please share this article within your social networks.

facebook linkedin pinterest

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure: LetsRenovate.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The commission earnings are used to defray our cost of operation.

View our FTC Disclosure for other affiliate information.

Categories: Plumbing and Wiring

About Author