Whether you are inspecting your own home for septic problems or the home you are considering buying has a septic system and you want to do a quick check of its health, knowing a few tricks of the trade will be helpful. You may not be able to open up the lines and tank beneath the ground to take a look, but there are things that you can do when you want to get the inside scoop without calling on a professional just yet. Here are a few easy tips you can use to check the health of any septic tank.
1. Check out the drains in the house.
One of the biggest indicators that a home is having septic issues is problems with drainage. Go ahead and add a stopper to a sink drain and let it fill up. Pull the plug and take note of how quickly the water drains away. Try the same thing in the bath tub. The drains should eliminate the water rather fast and signs of a slow drain are usually pretty easy to spot. Also make sure you don't hear gurgling noises from other parts of the house where the expelled water is trying to push its way back up through other lines instead of through to the septic tank.
2. Flush the toilet.
If there is one thing that will tell you there are septic issues or even just an over-full septic tank, it is how the toilet flushes. When you flush, you should experience a quick whoosh of the water being pulled out of the toilet basin. A slow, lagging flush could be a sign of impending trouble. Additionally, when you flush the toilet, you should not be experiencing an odor of sewage in the house, which is a common problem if there is a blockage or the tank is full.
3. Check things out outside.
Checking out a house for septic issues should also involve a good look outside around the septic tank and lines. Find out where the tank is located and check the area to make sure you do not find soggy ground on a dry day, which could mean that the septic tank is overflowing underground. Also, keep your nose alert to sewage odors outdoors that do not seem to be radiating from the ventilation pipes. Any strong odors could mean that the septic system is either leaking, not functioning properly, or the tank could be full.
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