How to tell if my septic system has failed

How To Know If Your Septic System Has Failed

Failures in your home septic system can lead to costly repairs and extensive damage to your property and the environment in your local area. Many times, when septic systems fail or back-up, it can be too late to reverse the long term effects and damage that can occur to your home and the surrounding ecosystems and water tables. It’s crucial to the longevity of your system to keep up with routine maintenance and pumping schedules.


How do I tell if my septic system has failed?

  • Sewage backup on your home and property
  • Slow drains
  • Standing water near your septic system components
  • Foul odor near your septic tank
  • High nitrate levels in local water wells


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Common Reasons For Your System To Fail

There are many reasons why septic systems fail – here are some of the causes we encounter most often:


Clogged Pipes

When this occurs, it can be a simple fix if caught early. A professional can “snake” the system to relieve it of any clogs or blockages. Common causes for clogged pipes include flushing non-biodegradable items down the drain or toilet or environmental damage such as roots or animals.


Clogged Outlet Baffle Or Effluent Filter

This failure occurs when the component funneling waste from your septic system to the drainfield is clogged or damaged. This can result in waste back up in your home or on your property. If you have an effluent filter, we recommend having it cleaned annually to keep this part of your system functioning properly.


Drainfield Failure

This is the most damaging and costly failure when it comes to your septic system and it occurs when your drainfield stops processing waste, either due to excess waste or an old system that can no longer process waste efficiently. Drainfield failures can cause your septic to back up into your home, flood your property with waste, and leach waste into surrounding areas. Many times if the drainfield has failed, it may not be salvageable, therefore, we recommend not allowing your system to get to this point.


Typically, septic system failures can be prevented by adhering to a routine maintenance schedule. We recommend having your system inspected annually and pumped every 2-3 years. If you are unsure of when the last time your system was inspected or pumped, call in the professionals! Give us a call at (203) 293-0832 or schedule online today!


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