No More Stinky Septic Problems

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No More Stinky Septic Problems

When I moved into my new house, I assumed that the residence used a city sewage system like the four houses I lived in previously. The homeowner did not tell me about the septic tank and I did not think to ask. Not only was I not informed of the septic system, but I was not told that the tank had not been cleaned in six years. I started to smell a foul odor from my toilet soon after I moved in and there seemed to be a disgusting discharge building on my lawn. I knew that I had a serious problem when raw sewage started to come back up through my toilet. After an investigation by a plumber and an emergency septic service call, my septic tank was emptied and repaired. I now know that septic care is extremely important and I want you to know this too.


Septic Tank Crapping Out? Learn The Signs Of A Faulty Septic Tank

A septic system is an underground structure for treating wastewater. They are most commonly found in rural areas that don't have access to centralized sewers. The system consists of the septic tank and an absorption field or a drain field. The septic tank receives the material flushed into it and separates all the floating matter and organic materials away from the wastewater. The wastewater then travels to the absorption field or drain field, which is made out of unsaturated soil. When there is a problem with the septic tank, it can cause quite the mess. This is a guide to troubleshooting your septic system and when you need to call a professional.

Signs of a Faulty Septic System

When your septic system needs to be repaired, it may show telltale signs of an issue. Here is a list of common problems a system will have when it becomes faulty.

  • Drain field has a strong odor around it

  • Pooling water around the septic tank

  • Muddy soil by septic tank

  • Wastewater backing up in household drains, like the sink or bathtub

  • Bright green spongy grass on the drain field or absorption field

If you have any of these things happening, it's time to troubleshoot the issue and find out what needs to be repaired.

Drain Field Issues

When there is soggy ground around the drain field, it may be a sign that the tank wasn't pumped often enough. The septic tank is probably full of scum that builds up over time, which causes the tank to flood and the drain field to turn into a soggy mess. Once it's gotten this far, you will need to replace the drain field since the original has been ruined. Keep away from the original drain field until all the bacteria has decomposed. It can be extremely harmful to kids and pets, so rope the section off until the drain field has decomposed completely.

Wastewater Backing Up

There's nothing more disgusting than finding wastewater in your sink or bathtub. This usually happens when the drain field is overloaded with too much liquid, but it can also be the sign of a faulty septic tank. Check the water level of the septic tank by lifting the lid off of the tank. If the water is below the outlet, this is a sign there is a clogged or broken pipe somewhere between the tank and the house. Should the water be higher than the outlet, the issue is with the tank itself. You can have a septic tank pumping company come out and pump the tank for you to see if it resolves the issue. You may need to replace the entire system.


Before you call around for someone to replace your system, check with your city's health department regarding the procedure. Some cities may have a financing plan you can use for the repair if you are qualified. You can also apply for the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP), a program that provides assistance for water systems in rural communities.

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