Common Septic System Problems

Guy writing on clipboardThere are a number of symptoms you can be on the outlook for that indicate trouble with your septic system:

  • Toilets or drains which are backed up or run more slowly than usual
  • Foul odours in the house or drinking water
  • Sogginess in the ground around the septic tank or leaching bed area
  • Surface flooding of sewage or septic tank effluent around the septic system
  • Activated alarm signals on special treatment units
  • Dosing pumps which run constantly or not at all (not all systems have pumps)
  • Unusually green or thick grass growing in or around the leaching bed area
  • High levels of nitrates, bacteria or other contaminants in well water
  • Plugged filter (needs cleaned at least once a year)


If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Wally’s Flower Wagon.