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5 Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Maintenance

Septic tanks are slowly becoming more popular- as they should! As we have discussed before, there are many advantages to owning a septic tank. Contrary to popular belief, septic tanks aren’t smelly and unsanitary. In reality, septic tanks are not only the most affordable waste system, but they are also the most environmentally-friendly and the easiest to maintain. While septic tanks are easy to maintain, it doesn’t mean that they can go decades without any maintenance or repairs. Here are 5 signs that your septic tank needs maintenance:






Damp grass

If you own a septic tank and notice that your grass is damp, it may be cause for alarm. However, it’s important to first rule out whether you have had heavy rains recently or whether you have another leak. If neither of these are the culprit of your flooded lawn, chances are that your septic tank is full and needs to be drained.


Slow drains

Whenever your house drains begin to drain slowly, it’s an indication that there is a problem. This problem could potentially be that your septic tank needs to be pumped. When drains perform slowly, it means that there is a clog in the pipes or blockage somewhere. When your septic tank is too full, it can almost immediately causing a drainage problem.


Strange odors

Strange odors are never a good sign- especially if the odor resembles sewage and you have a septic tank. This could mean that your septic tank isn’t draining properly and needs to be repaired. Note that a sewage odor isn’t always an indication that your septic tank is too full- it could also mean that there is a leak or crack in the tank itself and the odors are escaping that way.


Fast-growing grass

If the grass in your yard begins to grow quickly, you may initially feel excited. After all, who doesn’t want a lush, green lawn? However, if you own a septic tank, fast-growing grass could be a sign that your septic tank isn’t functioning properly. If there is a leak in your septic tank or if it isn’t draining correctly for some reason, the extra water could be what’s causing your lawn to grow so fast.

Sewer backup

When your septic tank is working properly, raw sewage will never come up through the drains in your home. However, if you notice that sewage is coming up through your toilet or the drains in your home, it’s a clear sign that your septic tank needs some maintenance. It likely just needs a pumping, which is an easy job for us at Greg Mitchell Plumbing.


If you already have a septic tank and notice any of the above-mentioned signs, don’t waste any time- call us immediately. Septic tank leaks or malfunctions can have disastrous consequences if not taken care of right away. If you have a septic tank that needs maintenance- or if you would like one installed- don’t hesitate to call Greg Mitchell Plumbing. All of our plumbers are highly trained and experienced in septic tank installation and repair. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest level of service possible and can guarantee that you will be happy with our septic tank services.

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