pile of wrenchesIf your home or business has a septic system, you need to make certain that you properly maintain it. If not, you may end up spending a good amount of money on septic system repair. No one wants to have a backed up septic system, especially at a busy restaurant or other business where the restrooms are used more frequently than they might at places such as department stores.

To help you prevent this, we have compiled a list of the most common warning signs that your septic system is in need of repair.

Wet Landscaping

If the area around the system’s leach field is often wet or feeling soggy when you walk on it, this usually indicates that the area has become clogged up due to tree roots or a buildup of waste. When this occurs, waste can’t move through the ground and will eventually create an area that can be a health hazard.


Septic systems are designed to keep odors inside, so you shouldn’t be smelling septic waste either around the area of your septic system. If you smell raw sewage or something similar to the odor of rotten egg, you need to call a professional right away.

Toilet Problems

If the toilets run slowly or are backing up frequently, the drains or the leach field could be clogged or the septic tank itself may be overflowing. If the toilets frequently flood and bring sewage up into your home or business, you will want to have the system checked quickly.

Too Much Time Has Passed

If your septic tank hasn’t been inspected or pumped within two years, it can be a sign that your system is in need of maintenance. Even if everything appears to be working without any problems, there can be a number of issues that you cannot see, including small leaks or clogs building up within the septic tank.

Get Your Tank Inspected Today

Remember that your septic tank can easily become a health hazard if it malfunctions and begins to push sewage back through the system and into your home. If this occurs at a business, it’s possible the health department will shut you down until the problem is corrected. Having your system inspected and pumped every year to two years will prevent many of these common septic issues from occurring.

If you need septic services for your home or business, don’t hesitate to contact AAA Wastewater today.