Your home's septic tank is the receptacle for your entire plumbing system, and sees a whole lot of wear and pressure throughout the day simply due to normal operation. If your septic tank becomes damaged, the results can be catastrophic for your entire home: not only will repairing your tank be complicated, but sewage backup and plumbing damage can also cause extensive damage within the interior of your home, which can be a difficult repair job on its own. Understanding some of the signs of septic tank damage can help you identify the problem early, so that you can contact a contractor to treat the issues before they get out of hand.
One of the earliest warning signs of septic tank issues is if you notice that the water fixtures within your home are draining slower than usual. This can occur because of a minor clog within a single water fixture, but if you notice that the water across multiple drains, and even multiple levels, of your home is having a hard time draining, there is likely some sort of issue with your septic tank that will need to be addressed.
One of the clearest signs that your septic tank has suffered some sort of structural damage or failure is if you notice that there are pools of stagnant water or sewage sitting in your yard. This points to an actual failure of either the septic tank itself, or of one of the drainage pipes that connects your homes plumbing to the tank. As such, these leaks can occur anywhere in your yard, not just immediately over or around your tank. Beyond the structural damage, they are also a fairly serious health concern, and so should be addressed immediately.
In a similar vein to the above point, any sort of leak or damage to your septic tank that results in waste entering your yard will come with a strong odor or smell. The smell of sewage may completely permeate the yard, or simply hover in the area around the leak. In severe cases, in which the tank is either overflowing with waste or has become clogged somehow, you may notice that gases and the accompanying smell of sewage are entering your home as well. This is an early warning sign that your tank may begin to overflow into your yard and even into your home very soon.
For more information, contact a business such as Roto-Rooter Sewer Service.