Septic systems, like many home components, should be routinely maintained to keep the system running. Septic systems are estimated to last 20 to 30 years with proper and frequent maintenance. However, if not properly or regularly maintained, septic systems can be a costly and dangerous liability for a home or business owner. 

Some of the most common indicators of septic system problems are the following:

  • Sewage and/or water backing up into the home’s toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs and/or drains. 
  • Noise resembling a gurgle coming from the plumbing in the home. 
  • Sewage odor from the area of the septic tank and/or drainfield. 
  • Water pooling or ground dampness near the septic tank or drainfield. This is most noticeable in dry conditions.  
  • Lush, bright and spongy grass over the area of the septic tank or drainfield. 
  • Algal blooms forming in nearby natural water beds such as lakes and ponds. 

Also, you can test your drinking water for nitrates and coliform bacteria, as finding these contaminants in your drinking water can be an indicator of possible sewage leaching into the groundwater. 

If you believe your septic system is compromised, contact a septic professional to diagnose the issue right away.