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07 Sep 2022
Causes and Signs of Septic Leaks
Causes and Signs of Septic Leaks

Causes and Signs of Septic Leaks

We don’t really think about our septic system unless it starts to bother us with issues like a leak. If a problem does occur with your septic tank, we want you to be prepared and have enough knowledge to take the first steps of precaution. There are some signs that you can look out for if you feel something is not right with your septic system. Take a look at the list we’ve prepared for you about the different signs of septic leaks and what to do if you ever come across one. Furthermore, know that you can always call a septic company for professional help.

What Are the Signs of a Leak?

  • Foul Odor – You may start to smell strong, unpleasant odors near your home that weren’t there before. This is likely because of a newly damaged or cracked septic tank. If there is an opening in your septic system that odor can escape from, then the smell from the septic tank can rise to the surface. Make sure to also check your drain field, as the odor may be coming from there instead of your septic tank.
  • Standing Water – If soil is exposed to large amounts of water continuously, like repeatedly absorbing water from a leak, it will begin to settle down. When the soil settles down and creates a slight dent in the ground, water from rainfall and other sources will start to accumulate and create standing water. Of course, sometimes the source of the leak is not from the septic tank, but from the sewer line. Explore all possible sources of the leak with a plumber to come to a conclusion.
  • Backups and Slow Drains – Backups can be caused by a clog inside the plumbing pipes. These clogs usually happen because of the gathered food and debris in the pipe, or an outside intruder like a tree damaging the pipe. You’ll need to call a septic company to repair any damages done to the system. Rooter Septic Services has excellent service for issues like these. Another reason for backups may be that the septic tank is too full. If this is the case, you will need septic tank pumping.

What Causes Leaks?

  • Lack of Maintenance – If you want your septic system to have a long, healthy life, maintenance should be your priority. When wastewater passes through the tank, nonbiodegradable items sink to the bottom of the tank with the solid waste. Once the tank is filled up, it will need to be pumped, or else it can lead to the misfunction of the tank. Septic tank pumping should be performed every 3-5 years or depending on the size of your tank.
  • Cleaning Products – The waste in the septic tank is broken down by anaerobic bacteria. By using cleaning products that kill off bacteria, you significantly decrease the number of bacteria in the tank, thus slowing down the breakdown of waste. When waste doesn’t get processed in a timely manner, it can lead to the overflow of the tank, causing an even bigger issue. Instead of going through all this trouble, try septic-friendly cleaning products.

Healthy System, Happy Life

As a septic system owner, you now know several different signs that tell you there is a leak in your septic system and know a few tips on what to do to prevent a leak from occurring. For further professional advice or plumbing services, call or schedule an appointment with Rooter Septic Services.