If you own a septic tank, you’re probably aware that regular maintenance is necessary to keep your septic tank performing at tip-top shape at all times. In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to worry about performing maintenance checks, but it is simply another household appliance that needs to be inspected and worked on. It gets older over time and stops working properly, and while proper maintenance can prolong its inevitable end, you will eventually have to get your septic tank replaced. While you know that you’ll eventually need to replace your septic tank, you may have trouble fully understanding when you need to make these decisions. If you’re confused about the telling indicators of having your septic tank inspected, think about the following. 

Your Septic Tank Requires Frequent Repairs

A strong indicator that your septic system needs to be replaced is constant repairs that deal with backups, pumping, and leaks. Consistent backup problems can look like slow-flushing toilets and sinks that are slow-draining or backed-up sinks. Keep in mind that this problem needs to be consistent in order for you to consider a septic tank replacement. If the problem isn’t consistent, it could mean that you need to have your septic tank pumped. This does, however, bring us to our next reason for potentially getting your septic tank replaced. If you are frequently having to pump your septic tank, then you should look into a replacement, as your system might be too old. Depending on the household size, your septic system should be pumped every one to three years. Another indicator, leaking, will be less obvious if you do not inspect your tank. You can do this by checking the liquid level, which should be above the outlet pipe. It is below, it is likely that there is a leak. Leaks can be repaired, but as your tank gets older, they will be more prominent and common. 

Standing Water

Standing water inthe form of puddles around your backyard is a sign that your septic tank isn’t properly disposing of wastewater. If there is standing water on your drain field, then take action and call Willey & Co. for an inspection and a septic tank replacement. If your septic system is struggling to perform basic functions, it’s a sure sign that it needs to be replaced. When your system cannot dispose of water, or even filter it correctly, it can lead to a build-up of contamination, nitrates, and bacteria. This is a serious problem that could jeopardize your health. 

A Lush, Green Lawn

While a sea of lush, green grass is something that everyone homeowner loves to see and is usually the root of your neighbors’ yard envy, it’s not something you necessarily want in this case, especially if it’s only the grass next to your septic tank. If the grass in this particular area is greener than the rest, then your tank might be failing. Your septic system may be having trouble properly disposing of water, thus fertilizing the grass with the excess water, making the surrounding area lush and green.  The amount of moisture in the soil due to the sewage will increase plant growth. It may be nice to look at, but if the success is isolated to only the area around your septic system, schedule an inspection with us today and have professionals take a look at it. 

If you need to have your septic tank maintenance or replaced, count on Willey & Co. to get the job done right — the first time, and every time after that. Fill out our form to get a free quote, or contact us for more information on our services and procedures. We are proud to serve Laurel, Delaware and its surrounding communities for all septic system, wells & pumps, and irrigation services.