It is very important to make sure that you are aware of indications that your underground septic tank may be failing. After all, when your septic tank is buried under the ground, as most are, it is not as though you can simply walk up to it and visually inspect the sides and top of the tank. Instead, you are going to have to keep an eye out for the following problems to occur:
The Toilet Has Trouble Flushing Everything Down
This might be one of the first signs you notice since it is very important for a lot of people to make sure that their used toilet water completely flushes so it is not just sitting there waiting for the next person to use the bathroom. When the toilet has trouble taking all of that water down through the drain line, there is a problem somewhere. You might then begin to notice that the sink and tub drains are having trouble as well. If the problem is with the tank itself, it could be that the side of the wall where the drain line comes into the tank has cracked and collapsed. At that point, you might be simply pushing wastewater into your yard and not even realize it just yet. If that is not the case, then it might just be overdue for septic pump services.
The Yard Is Soaking Wet Around The Location Of The Tank
If you step out into your yard and notice that the section of grass above and around the septic tank is extremely wet, you will want to quickly get out of that area. That is most likely sewage wastewater, and it is extremely dangerous to be in direct contact with it because of the bacteria that will be present. You might want to throw your shoes away and quickly scrub your feet with soap and water to remove any trace of that water that might have touched your skin. This can also be a sign that it has been too long since the tank has been pumped, so the wastewater is now overflowing into your yard. Having the tank pumped in that case will solve the problem.
Should you find that one or more of these issues are presenting themselves, it is time to get in touch with a septic tank pumping contractor. When the contractor comes to your home, he or she will be able to determine if the tank does indeed need to be replaced or if there is a chance that they can fix it for you. Whichever the case may be, you will want to make sure that the problem is resolved quickly. Until the issue is resolved, you may have to stay elsewhere in order to avoid making the problem worse. After all, you can't keep running the water or flushing the toilet when the septic tank is bad.