Recognizing Septic System Drain Field Failure
Are any of these happening at your house?
Puddles in the backyard?
A puddle in the backyard could be a sign of drain field failure. When soil turns to hardpan it stops absorbing water.
Water backing up?
Water backing up in household drains or slowly draining may be another sign of drain field failure. When the system is functioning properly, wastewater from the household enters the septic tank displacing some of the contents of the tank, which is then pushed to the drain field. If the field is not accepting water everything backs up and your household drains become sluggish or clogged.
Septic odor in the backyard?
A septic odor in the backyard can signal a potential problem in the drain field or leach field. If effluent is collecting in the soil instead of draining it may begin to smell. This is an early warning sign to have a septic maintenance company take a look at your system.