everything you need to know about your home septic system

everything you need to know about your home septic system

2 Subtle Signs Of A Problem With Your Home's Septic Drain Line

by Suzanne Wilson

If your home uses a septic system, you may not give much thought to the drain line that runs from your home to the tank until there is an overt problem, such as the inability to drain the sink or an atrocious smell coming up from the pipes. However, there are also a couple of subtle signs that you should be on the lookout for that could indicate a problem with your home's drain line.

1.  Water Level in Your Toilet Bowl Fluctuates

One sign of which you should be aware when trying to keep an eye out for problems with your drain line is the water level in your toilet. When the drain line is open and running normally, the level of water should remain about the same.

However, if there is a blockage or crack in the line, you will notice extreme fluctuations in the bowl's water level. You may find that the water level is almost non-existent, which could mean that the water is running out through a crack in the line.

Or you may find that the water level is almost to the rim of the toilet because something is blocking the flow. You may even notice that one minute the toilet is almost overflowing, then the next there is hardly any water at all. If the latter is the case, there may be both a clog and a crack in the line that needs immediate attention.

2.  Green, Soggy Area in Your Yard

Another subtle sign that you have a problem with your home's sewage drain line is the presence of an area in your yard that is greener than the rest. When you walk on the ground in this area, you may also find that the soil feels soggy.

This sign could be an indication that there is a leak from your septic tank. You can tell the difference by the shape and location of the green, wet area. If the area seems to only be directly above the tank, then there is an issue with it.

However, if the area seems to encompass a line between your house and the tank, the drain line may be to blame. Either way, you need to have it looked at by a professional as soon as possible.

If you notice either or both of the above signs, there is a good chance that there is a blockage or crack in your home's sewer line. If you suspect that this may be the case, contact a business that offers drain line repair services to have them inspect the line and fix any issues that they may find.


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