It's Sewage For The Block: How To Tell When You Have Blocked Septic Lines

29 June 2018
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If you have a septic system in your yard, it's of the utmost importance that you take proper care of it, including having the tanks emptied before they become backed up and overfilled. Unfortunately, even with all the extra care and attention, problems can still occur with your septic system. That's just the nature of the system. One big problem that can befall septic systems is the occasional blocked lines. That's because particles of toilet paper, hair, soap scum, and even human waste can collect inside those septic lines. Once the lines are completely blocked, you're going to be faced with some serious plumbing problems inside your home. Here are three signs that will let you know you have a blocked septic line in your home.

Your Toilets Have All Stopped Flushing

When it comes to your septic system, your toilets are among the first places where a blocked line will become apparent. In most cases, the first hint will be a deep gurgling sound inside the pipes. However, the gurgling sounds are often ignored. Once the blockage has passed the point of no return, your toilets will stop flushing. That's because there's simply too much waste in the lines for anything else to get passed. If all the toilets in your home have stopped flushing, it's highly likely that you have a blocked septic line.

Septic Odors are Filtering Into Your Home

When you have a septic system, it's not uncommon to get an occasional whiff of septic odors, especially when you flush the toilets or run the garbage disposal. The issue can usually be resolved by having your drains cleaned. However, if you're noticing septic odors throughout your house, and into your yard, chances are pretty good that you're dealing with a blocked septic line. This is particularly true if the odors are accompanied by the toilet stoppage.

You've Noticed Brown Water Stains in Your Tubs

When you suspect that you have a blocked septic line, it's a good idea to start paying close attention to your bathtubs. If you've got a blocked septic line, some of the waste water may try to come back up the way it came. Unfortunately, the easiest access point is usually the bathtub drains. If you're noticing brown water stains around your bathtub drains, you need to have your septic lines inspected immediately. If you don't have your septic lines inspected once you're faced with brown water, you could end up with large amounts of human waste pushing its way back up into your bathtubs. Once that happens, you've got much bigger problems on your hands.

Get in touch with a company like Koberlein Environmental Services for more help.