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Serving Santa Cruz, Watsonville
Soquel and Surrounding Areas
831-475-0959
Serving Santa Cruz, Watsonville
Soquel and Surrounding Areas
831-475-0959

Five Signs You Have a Septic Tank Problem

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A healthy septic system is designed to provide reliable service for many years. There are several common warning signs that indicate an underlying problem with your sewage system. Prompt service or pumping by Pete's Outflow Technicians is imperative in any of the following five situations.
  1. Bad Odors in Your Home - A healthy sewage system should be odorless. When septic tanks fill up or sewage begins to back up, smells can rise from drains, sinks and other wastewater locations. If you notice rotting or sewage odors anywhere throughout your home or yard, it’s definitely time for a professional checkup.

  2. Slow or Clogged Drains - While an isolated drain clog probably isn’t a cause for concern, multiple drainage problems should be considered a sign that you may need to repair or replace some components. If drains throughout your house are moving slower than normal, prompt attention is imperative to prevent or treat a blockage. Overflowing toilets or sinks that backup in to the bathtub are indicators that the pipes are not draining properly.

  3. It’s Been 2 Years Since the Last Service - One of the most beneficial septic tank tips is to have your tank checked at least every two years. If you don’t remember the date of your last maintenance visit, or it’s been several years, it’s imperative to have an expert check the sludge level in the receptacle. When tanks are overfilled, they overflow, which can be hazardous and costly to clean up.

  4. An Overly-Green Backyard - Under normal conditions, the landscaping above the drain field will appear just as healthy as the surrounding area. If you begin to notice bright green patches or unusually lush areas, it could mean that the waste water is rising underground rather than leaching properly.

  5. Puddles in the Drain Field - If waste water continues to rise, it will eventually puddle on the surface of the landscaping, creating a mess that is best resolved by a professional. For prompt, expert service in Santa Cruz, Watsonville and Soquel, call Pete’s Outflow Technicians at 831-475-0959 today.