Do you have a septic system on your property? If so, you need to understand the importance of maintaining it. These systems offer an efficient option to manage wastewater and waste. They are considered an easy and affordable solution. However, when they are not properly maintained, issues can arise. Septic tanks are often affected by misuse or negligence. There are a variety of things that you might notice if you need septic tank repair. The following points identify a few. 

Drainage Issues

The septic system is a portion of your plumbing system. It handles the waste and water that travel through drains and pipes. If there is a clog in the system, you might notice slow drainage. When the water is finally pushed through drains, a gurgling noise might be produced. Noisy drains are usually a sign of a clog that might be simple or complex. Simple clogs usually only affect one drain or one room. However, drainage issues that are seen throughout a home are indicative of a serious issue. The drainage issues might also affect the performance of toilets. Full septic tanks cannot contain waste. They usually contain solids and liquids. Toilet paper and human waste that continues to be forced to the tank will eventually have nowhere to go and a toilet backup is likely.

Unpleasant Odors

Do not make the assumption that it is normal for your septic tank to emit offensive odors because it handles human waste. Modern tanks are designed to suppress odors. As your tank gets close to the time for its next pumping, you might notice subtle odors. They will intensify as the tank gets fuller, and the odor may infiltrate the air to the point of being smelled inside of your home. It could affect air quality in your area enough for neighbors to smell it too.

Sewage Backup

This is often the result of homeowners not paying attention to subtle signs that they need septic tank repair. Sometimes the extent of the damages is severe. There are usually cleanup costs as well as repair costs for this issue. In some cases, it might require a full septic system replacement or a new tank.  

A septic services company is a good resource to use to learn more about identifying residential septic tank repair issues. It is best to contact them for an inspection if anything about your septic system's performance seems odd. Early intervention could result in lower repair costs. If it has been a while since your tank has been pumped, or you don't know when you are supposed to get it done, their inspection can get you on schedule and prevent mishaps.