How To Tell If Your Septic System Is Failing

Watch for the Warning Signs

Septic system owners should be alert to the following warning signs of a failing system:

None of these warning signs can be considered a sure indication that a system has failed, but the appearance of one or more of them should prompt homeowners to have their systems inspected. Septic system failures also can occur without any of these warning signals.

Pump Your System Regularly

Pumping your septic tank is probably the single most important thing you can do to protect your system. If the buildup of solids in the tank becomes too high and solids move to the drainfield, this could clog and strain the system to the point where a new drainfield will be needed.

Have Your System Inspected

Inspecting your septic system annually is a good way to monitor your system’s health. Inspections can reveal problems before they become serious, and by checking the levels of sludge and scum in your tank, you can get a more accurate idea of how often it should be pumped. If you think your septic system is failing, the only way to know for sure is to hire a professional inspector.

Please Note: Dalpe Excavation does not offer septic system inspections or pumping. We think having the same company both inspect your septic and replace your septic is a conflict of interest. For this reason, we only repair or replace septic systems. However, if you think your system is failing, we are happy to help you find a trustworthy, professional septic inspector.

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