Prevent a Thanksgiving Septic Tank Back Up! Top 5 Signs

Prevent a Thanksgiving Septic Tank Back Up! Top 5 Signs

Published on November 21, 2017


Its Turkey Time! That means a busy kitchen, full house, and no time for an emergency septic tank cleaning. Get ahead of the panic and contact a professional to schedule a septic system maintenance and septic pumping service today!

1. You’ve already got a Slow Drain

Slow drains are a common indicator of septic problems, as well as being one of the most common problems homeowners face. Contact an emergency drain cleaning and drain unclogging service if you’re constantly dealing with slow drains.

A slow drain is caused by a number of things:

Drain clog in P-Trap - shows how to unclog a drain in sink

  • An obstruction in the line caused by a buildup of pressure between the object and the inner circumference of the pipe. An example is a diaper stuck in the drain line. There is simply too much diaper to fit through the line at once!
  • An obstruction caused by a buildup of material at the location of an imperfection in the pipe. The imperfection could fall into a number of different categories.
  • An intrusion (barb, pipe fragment, root) in the pipe which may catch debris.
  • A belly in the pipe, where the slope of the pipe is so little that gravity no longer carries waste debris away.
  • A collapsed or separated sewer line – this may go unnoticed for longer than most people think. Over time, the sewer line may collapse entirely. Learn about trenchless pipe repair to find out how to reduce your repair costs by thousands of dollars.

 2. You’ve recently experienced a Sewage Backup

Plunger in toilet - how to unclog a toiletSewage backup is a more severe problem than a slow moving or clogged drain.

A sewage backup is when odorous black water appears in your drain, bathtub, or toilet. There is a problem somewhere in your septic tank, its components, or drainfield.

A septic expert should be called IMMEDIATELY.


3. Standing Ground Water Near Septic Tank

Standing ground water in a concentrated area that has a hard time draining is a sign your drainfield is not functioning properly, is leaking, or your septic tank is backing up and leaking. Surface water around your drainfield is a serious concern – moreso than Holiday convenience. Call us today!

Saturated drainfield can leave ponding wastewater in your yard

4. Bad Odors

Foul smelling odors around your home can be a sign of septic problems. Odor inside of your home is a common indicator of a septic backup or ventilation problem. Odors outside of your home can be a sign of a septic or drainage problem.

A saturated drainfield will leave wastewater ponding and bathroom odors in your lawn


5. Patch of Overly Green Grass

A patch of overly green grass is usually a sign sewage is leaking from your septic tank or drainfield. This causes grass in that area to be over fertilized and become more lush and green than the rest of your yard. One way, how to tell if you septic tank is full, or overfull, is to locate that green grass!


If you ever experience any of these problems call Stamie E. Lyttle Co. to diagnose and solve your problems!