Signs of Your Septic Tank Failure in Chattanooga

Chattanooga Septic Systems
February 2, 2017

Absolutely nothing can be as unpleasant as a septic system that has actually stopped working. The most typical reasons for septic system issues comprises  blocking and obstructions from solids and tree roots, damaged pipelines or a blockage within the septic pipes. Usually the blockage inside a pipe can be caused by excessive amount of wastewater washing sludge down the tank and distribution pipes.

Natural aging process is also one of the major causes for septic system failure. It can be reversed with regulated aeration of the septic tank. By keeping abreast of several eloquent testimonies, anyone can delay this situation.

First Symptoms

The very first symptom of a broken septic tank is a slow water blow-down in your kitchen and bathroom, e.g. sinks and toilets in addition to gurgling sounds, sewage odors, unending drainage backups, or even bacteria in the water. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, check for more noticeable signs of a septic system failure.

Inspect the absorption field for uncommonly strong smells. Once uncleared wastewater seeps  into the surrounding soil, gases from the waste degradation process go to the surface and are quickly recognizable. The smell of sewage in the house is a true sign of an issue. The location of the strongest smell will indicate where the septic system broke down. After this, visual cues often come out as well. They are:

  1. Lush patches of  grass or flourishing plants if other areas are not so bright. It may point to the presence of effluent in that particular place. The matter is, that septic effluent works as a great dressing due to high concentration of dissolved nitrate and phosphate. These flourishing areas may indicate a leak or even worse an advanced failure of the system that needs expensive repairs.
  2. The presence of pooled effluent on the grass or ground of the yard. If this has occurred, it means the surrounding soil has soaked in untreated waste material. The smell is typically overwhelming at this area. This situation presents a serious health hazard, and a licensed professional should be called in to make an assessment. Excessively saturated soil around the tank can be quite weak and may collapse.


Even if you have noticed all these signs and sure in your septic system failure - never try to enter a tank or a cesspool, because it may not only injure, but also kill - drowning or suffocation by the caught gases within the tank are the most common accidents. Save your health, time and money - call to specialist, Chattanooga Septic Systems  to solve this issue or get a routine evaluation and cleansing to conserve considerable cash in the end.




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