Don't Wait Until It's Too Late: When to Call for Emergency Septic Assistance
Septic problems rarely happen suddenly and without warning. More often than not, some signs or symptoms may provide you with some invaluable clues that something may be amiss with your system. Fixing these problems quickly can help you avoid a catastrophic septic issue that can be extremely difficult, time-intensive, and expensive to fix.
As a homeowner, it's crucial to understand these signs so you know when to call for emergency septic assistance. Ignoring or delaying these services can lead to costly repairs and potential health hazards. In this blog post, we'll discuss a few of the common signs that indicate the need for immediate professional help so you can take action quickly if you spot any of them.
1. Slow Drains and Backups
One slow drain in your home here or there is a fairly normal problem. Drains will eventually clog up, especially in high-usage areas like bathrooms and kitchens. However, if you notice that multiple drains are slow or that your tubs, toilets, and showers are all backed up on the ground floor of your home, the issue is more likely with your main sewer line or septic system. These issues often occur due to clogged pipes or a full septic tank. These are all issues that can be fixed with a fairly routine service, but this service should always be done professionally.
2. Foul Odors
Do you smell the unmistakable stench of rotten eggs? If that smell is new and seems to linger around your property, chances are you have a septic system problem. This odor indicates a potential septic tank overflow or a leak in the system. Either one of these things could be bad, but a leak in particular could be hazardous to your health. Don’t ignore the smell and reach out to a professional to schedule an inspection right away.
3. Pooling Water or Lush Grass
Are there random, unexplained pools of water sitting somewhere on your lawn that never existed previously? Do these puddles have the unmistakable odor of rotten eggs? Do you have an area of your grass that seems to always be wet, even though it sits in sunlight for most of the day? These are signs of sewage leaking out from your main sewer line—a major septic system issue. This issue requires immediate attention to prevent contamination of the groundwater and potential health risks. Likewise, if this sewage is located anywhere near a tree, root intrusion could become a major issue in as little as a few days to a few weeks. Reach out to schedule professional service right away.
4. Gurgling Sounds
Does your toilet make some unusual gurgling sounds when you flush? Do you hear similar gurgling sounds coming from your shower or bathtub drain as water recedes? This is caused by air becoming trapped in your drain and sewer lines and could be an indication of a septic system issue if the problem plagues all of your drains. Drain systems are vented to prevent this gurgling and allow water and waste to flow freely. If these vents are blocked due to an issue with your septic system, the entire system could encounter difficulty operating normally. Ignoring these sounds may lead to further damage or complete system failure.
5. Sewage Backup in Basement
If you find sewage backing up into your basement, you are facing a dire emergency and should reach out for professional help immediately. Exposure to raw sewage poses significant health risks and requires immediate intervention to both stop more sewage from leaking out and to properly clean and disinfect your contaminated area. Sewage backups can occur due to a clogged or overwhelmed septic system, often the result of either an obstruction in your sewer line or a tank that is overly full. Avoid any contact with the sewage and call for emergency septic assistance right away to mitigate the damage and ensure a safe environment.
Remember, addressing septic system issues promptly is crucial to avoid costly repairs and protect your health. If you encounter any of these signs, don't hesitate to contact Drummac Septic Services for emergency septic assistance.
Are you seeing signs of a septic emergency? Don't wait until it's too late! Contact Drummac Septic Services at (802) 523-2455 today and get the urgent help your system needs.