Carmel, New York

4 Signs Your Septic System is Failing June 21, 2019

Carmel, Putnam
4 Signs Your Septic System is Failing, Carmel, New York

It’s essential to perform routine maintenance on your  septic system to prevent it from failing. If you’re a new homeowner, you may be unsure of what signs to look for that entail your system is failing. To mitigate problems—from sewage backflow to clogged drains—keep an eye out for the four signs below. 

How to Know If Your Septic System Is Failing

1. Foul Odor

A failing septic system tends to produce a strong rotten egg or sewage smell that lingers for several days, or even weeks. If the odor worsens as you walk near the septic tank’s location, sewage may have leaked out of the container. The fumes are toxic, as they displace oxygen which—in worst cases—can cause asphyxiation. Additionally, strong sewage odors can block other smells—including gas leaks—which can go unnoticed by home occupants.

2. Puddles in Your Yard

It’s abnormal to have pooling water in your yard. If there are puddles around the drain field of your septic tank, it signifies that your system can’t get rid of wastewater properly. Instead, the waste will force the liquid to come up to the ground, which can contribute to odor.

3. Greener Grass

septicWhile greener grass doesn’t sound alarming, it may indicate a problem with your septic system. When the septic system fails, moisture can accumulate in the soil and cause greener grass. 

4. Slow Drains

Slow drains aren’t always caused by a clog. If your bathroom and kitchen drains haven’t been draining as efficiently, there may be something wrong with your septic system. As this system gets older, it can’t drain as quickly and force the wastewater in your pipes to back up into your sinks and tubs. 



If you’re experiencing issues with your septic system, turn to the professionals at Great Bear Septic Service. They have more than 6 years of experience in the septic industry and have built a reputation for their quick and reliable service. These professionals offer everything from septic pumping to grease trap cleaning and aim to build lifelong relationships with their customers in Westchester, Putnam, and Southern Dutchess counties. For more information about their services, call (845) 621-0250 or visit their website

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