How to Know if Your Septic System is Failing

A septic system is a big investment for a homeowner, and proper maintenance and care can help to keep it functioning well for many years. Eventually, however, you’ll inevitably begin to experience various indicators that your septic system is failing.

Wondering if your septic system is failing?

There are some clear indicators you can identify that will help you determine whether your septic system is failing. Not all of these mean you need to replace your septic. But they are worth paying attention to. If these happen to you, it’s important that you work with a septic professional who can help you make the right decision to either repair or replace your system.


Gurgling sounds in the bathtub or sinks could mean you’re having septic system issues.

Slow Drains:

When sinks and tubs begin to drain very slowly, that could simply mean you need to clean them out. However, if you’ve tried cleaning them and the draining hasn’t sped up, it’s time to take a look at your septic system.

Green Grass:

If you’ve got green grass on or around your septic tank or drainfield, it could mean you’re tank is leaking.

Toilets and Drains Backing Up:

If you’ve got water or sewage from toilets, drains, or sinks in your home backing up, there’s likely something either slowing the drainage into your septic or blocking it. Sometimes these can be cleared. Sometimes they are symptoms of a bigger problem.


You shouldn’t have any bad smells near your septic tank or drainfield. If you do, it’s time to call Septic Check.

Make sure you’re keeping your eyes and ears out for these types of changes with your septic system. The more you proactive you are, the more likely you are to save yourself time, money, and headaches when it comes time to take action on your septic system.

At Septic Check, we are committed to helping you protect your investments and live a headache-free life. Let us know if you’re having some concerns about your septic system. We’ll take a look and give you some direction on the best path forward.