At William Dustin Septic, we have a long familiarity with emergency septic tank repairs, and we know that septic system emergencies are some of the most unpleasant to deal with. We’ve put together a list of warning signs that can alert you to the need for septic tank repairs before the problem becomes a catastrophe:
- Foul Odors- If you notice that your home or yard is starting to take on an unpleasant stench, it’s likely that your septic tank needs repair. Foul odors can result from a buildup of sludge in your tank–the fuller your tank gets, the worse it will smell. If your home develops a persistent smell, we encourage you to call our team at William Dustin Septic to get a professional’s assessment of your situation.
- Sewage Backups- If your septic tank exceeds capacity, black sludge may come up from your toilets, sinks, and drains. This sludge is sewage flowing back up from your tank. This problem is best avoided by regular tank cleanings, but it may also indicate a need for more serious repair.
- Slow Drainage- A septic system in good working order will allow water to flow easily through your pipes and drains. Though this is another problem that can often be solved by cleaning, a slow draining sink or toilet may point to a need for septic tank repair.
- Pooling Water- If you notice patches of your yard pooling with water, even when it hasn’t rained recently, it’s likely that your tank is overflowing or that your drain field pipes have become clogged. In either case, you should call us at William Dustin Septic to get a professional evaluation of what septic tank repairs may be called for.
Dying Grass- The grass over your septic tank can sometimes be a litmus test of its condition. Healthy grass around your tank means all is well (in the absence of other warning signs in this article), while grass that is turning brown or dying is often a sign that water is leaking into the drain field. A drain field problem requires immediate attention, so if you notice this phenomenon in your yard, we urge you to turn to us for assistance as soon as possible.