If your property has a septic tank, you probably already know how to care for it (what can and can’t be flushed, pumping every couple of years, etc.) Fortunately, most septic systems, if cared for properly can last 20-40 years. But, there are some reasons/signs of failure that could indicate that you need a new septic tank installation.
Sign #1: Puddles In Your Yard
If you are noticing puddling on your property in your drain field or on the ground around where your septic tank is buried, this could be a sign that your septic tank is failing. These puddles could be a sign that you need a new septic tank installation because it indicates that your system is not disposing wastewater properly. Since disposing of waste and wastewater is your septic tank’s main function, failure to do so properly is often a good indication of the need for replacement.
Sign #2: Regular Pipe Backups
Pipe backups can happen, especially if your septic tank is due for a pump, but consistent backups are an indication that the system may be failing. If raw sewage begins to backup into your toilets, this is a pretty good sign that your system has a serious problem. Some other indications that your pipes are clogged or backing up is gurgling sounds, bad odors, improper draining, decreased flushing power, etc. If you’ve recently had your septic tank pumped, and you are noticing these backups or other signs of an issue, it may mean you need a new septic tank installation.
Sign #3: Extra Green Grass
If the grass over your septic tank or in the drain field is extremely green this could be a bad sign. The reason why is because when the drain field begins to fail, moisture increases in the soil significantly, leading to greener grass. In addition to a more vibrant grass, you may notice that it is growing at a much faster rate than the rest of your lawn. This is not always an indication that you need a septic tank replacement, but it is a signal that your tank should be looked at by your professional to ensure it is working properly.
Sign #4: Continued Tank Issues
As you may expect, if your septic tank is constantly in need of repair or experiencing issues, replacement may be necessary. In addition to the problems mentioned above, another sign of a failing tank could be your tank frequently overflowing, or solid accumulation in the tank (indicating that solids are not being broken down properly).
Sign #5: Failed Water Test
Testing your water will be a part of a septic inspection. If the water tests positive for nitrates, bacteria, or other harmful contaminants, this could not only be a sign of a big issue, but this could also be very dangerous. A failed water test indicates that your system has failed to dispose of and filter water correctly. This type of failure is severe, and is a sign that you may need to consider a new septic tank installation.
The most important way to keep your septic system working properly, is regular maintenance. In addition to pumping your septic tank and practicing proper maintenance techniques, you also want to be mindful of what you’re flushing down your toilet. While being mindful of this is always important, it’s particularly crucial with a septic system.
If your septic tank is experiencing any of these warning signs, you should call your professional to inspect your system to determine whether you need repairs or if it is time for a new septic tank installation. Contact Kulk’s Plumbing & Heating for your septic tank replacement needs!