To make everything very clear we have broken down the signs of septic system failure into three separate groupings.
1. Issues in the Home:
-Backup of sewage in your drains or toilets; this can often be a black type liquid with a disagreeable odor.
-Decreased flushing of your toilets
-Decreased drain flow from showers and sinks
-Unpleasant odors in your home
2. Issues with your Tank
-Over-flowing or near over-flowing septic tank
-High solids accumulation in the septic tank
3. Issues with the Leach-Field and Surrounding Environment
-Water accumulating / wet patches in the leach field
-Lush green grass through-out the year, especially if the surrounding garden is significantly different.
-Presence of contamination (e.g. nitrates, bacteria) in your well water is potentially a major health hazard and is a very clear indication that your septic system is not performing adequately.
-Accumulation of algae and aquatic weeds in adjacent lakes, ponds, streams is a clear indication that your septic system is under performing and contaminants / nutrients are migrating from your septic system.