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How To Detect And Handle A Faulty Septic System

With the holidays approaching, you may have to prepare for more house guests. More house guests can often put undue stress on your septic drainfield. This is because septic tank systems are designed to only handle a certain amount out of drainage. The sudden influx of increased water usage can be too much for your existing septic tank and drainfield. Of course, you cannot necessarily install a new septic system just for the times that you have more guests in your home. This article explains how to monitor and service your drainfield so you do not damage your septic tank.

Sign of a Faulty Septic System

There are several ways to detect a faulty septic system. Here are some things that you might notice when your septic system needs attention:

  • Drains make a gurgling sound. This includes the drain of your washing machine.
  • Drains have a strong sewage smell (this could include shower and sink drains)
  • Drains are slower, especially on the ground level.
  • Water is seeping up through ground level drains. This will often happen even if that drain is not being used. For instance, you could flush a toilet upstairs and water can seep through a floor drain on the ground level.
  • Toilet flushing seems labored, and it takes longer for the bowl to drain
  • Strong odor near septic tank.
  • The ground above the septic tank is moister than surrounding areas.

How to Fix the Problem

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for an overloaded septic system. If your system is getting backed up and you have not used more water than normal, then the actual tank might need to be professionally serviced. However, in most cases you can reduce your water usage and waste production to ease the pressure on your septic tank. Here are some simple ways to reduce your water usage.

  • Wash fewer clothes! Find the setting on your washer that uses the least amount of water. If possible, put clothes back on the hanger before you throw them into the dirty clothes bin.
  • Take shorter showers. For most people, shorter showers can drastically decrease the overall water usage.
  • Hand wash your dishes in stopped sink. Don't keep the water running.
  • Try to space out your water usage. For instance, don't take a shower while a batch of clothes are being washed.

In the end, you just need to be smarter about your water usage, especially when you have house guests. If you plan ahead, and are water-conscious, you can reduce the likelihood of a septic problem. For more tips, talk to a place like All Clear Pumping & Sewer.


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