Warning Signs of Septic System Failure

Septic System Failure

Millions of households across the nation rely on septic systems to process their household wastewater. If you are in a rural or suburban area, you may need a septic system. Therefore, you need to understand the signs of septic system failure so you can immediately seek septic system repair Fort Worth.


One sign that your septic system is failing is puddling in your yard. Take the current weather into account. For example, if it has been raining, the puddles may not be from your septic system. However, if it has not been raining and you see puddles near your septic tank site, you may need to replace your tank. In addition, you may smell or see raw sewage in your yard during a failure.

Sewage Back up

Look for sewage backing up into your drains and toilet. You may also hear your drains gurgling, suggesting clogged pipes. If you smell or see sewage in your sinks and toilets, call a professional sewage company immediately. This may suggest system failure and may result in environmental contamination.


Check your lawn, and compare the area over your septic system with the other areas of your yard. When your leach field fails, additional moisture is released into your lawn, causing it to grow greener and faster. In addition, failed systems may move sewage to the surface of the ground, and this sewage may feed your grass like fertilizer. Therefore, if your lawn over your system is greener than the rest of the lawn, your system may be leaking and require replacement.


Each year, have your well water and soil tested for contamination. If contamination is found, your system should be replaced.

With a little maintenance, you can extend the life of your septic system significantly. However, if you see any signs of failure, call a professional immediately so your system can be inspected and replaced if necessary.

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