Septic System Warning Signs
Nearly one-fourth of U.S. households are not connected to a public sewer system and have a septic system. That is more than 21 million households across the US. If you live in one of these homes and you see any of the following warning signs below, you should have your septic system tested.
- Water and sewage from toilets, drains, and sinks are backing up into the home
- Bathtubs, showers, sinks, or toilets are slow to drain
- Gurgling sounds from any of the sinks, drains showers, or toilets in the house.
- Standing water or damp spots near the septic tank or drain field areas in the yard
- Bad odors around the septic tank or drain field
- Bright green, spongy lush grass over the septic tank or drain field, even during dry weather
- Algal blooms in nearby ponds or lakes
- High levels of nitrates or coliform bacteria in well water test.
Continued Inspection and Maintenance of the Septic System
It is extremely important that septic systems are maintained and inspected to protect the public health and the environment. The State of Tennessee and the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend you have your septic system inspected at least every 3 years by a professional and your tank pumped generally every 3 to 5 years. The State of Tennessee and EPA also recommend that you should have your well water test annually.