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Signs of a Failing Septic System

If your septic system fails, it can be weeks or even months before you notice that anything is wrong. Unfortunately, this is more than enough time for raw sewage to leak out of the septic tank or flood the drain field, thus contaminating underground water supplies and posing a health risk to your family and pets. The sooner you can spot the signs of a failing septic system, the sooner a septic repair company in San Francisco can fix the problem, and the better off your home (and your wallet) will be. Here are some of the most telling signs of a failing septic system.

Sewage Backup

Raw sewage backup in your sink, tub drains, or toilets is the most obvious sign that something is wrong with your septic tank. If sewage comes up, contact a septic tank pumping company right away. Your tank may be full, or there may be a blockage somewhere in the septic system.

Contaminated Drinking Water

The presence of bacteria or nitrates in your drinking water is an indication that liquid from the septic system may be flowing into your drinking water supply through the ground or over the surface. Either way, purchase a water test kit from your local health department and test your drinking water at least once a month. If you spot nitrates or bacteria, do not drink water from the tap until your septic tank and wastewater system is inspected by a professional.

Lush Green Grass

If you notice unusually lush, green grass over the absorption field, this is often an indication that an excessive amount of liquid from your septic system is moving up through the soil, instead of moving down through the soil as it should. Contact your waste disposal company to check your tank and drain field for any problems.

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