Because your septic system is mostly hidden underground, it can be tough to tell when it might need attention outside of routine maintenance and pumping. Fortunately, your lawn can serve as an indicator of the condition of your septic system. Here are 5 key signs to look for in your lawn that may indicate you need septic repairs.
- Unusual Lushness – Everyone wants a nice green lawn, but thick, lush grass over your tank or drainfield that withstands even hot or dry weather with no problem is a sign that there is a problem with the system.
- Standing Water – Not every puddle is cause for concern, but if you regularly have problems with the soil around your drainfield or tank staying soggy long after the rain is over, that’s a good sign that something is wrong.
- Sudden Sinking – If you notice that an area of your lawn has suddenly started to sink into itself, you’ll want to schedule septic repairs right away, as this indicates that something under the soil has been disrupted and your septic system is a very likely culprit.
- Foul Odor – The stench of sewage is hard to miss and should never be ignored. Call for septic repairs as soon as possible if you discover that there is a lingering bad odor around your tank or drainfield, as this smell indicates that something is allowing sewage gasses to escape into the air.
- Rapid Growth – Unusually rapid vegetation growth around the septic tank or drainfield is another key sign that there is a problem with the system. A leak or other problem that allows excess nutrients to enter the soil can kickstart a growth spurt in the vegetation, so if it seems like you have to mow that one patch every other day, call for septic repairs to address the issue.
If you notice any of these red flags in your lawn, contact our team for the prompt, professional septic repairs you need.