Septic Warning SignsWith over 500,000 homes in Minnesota using septic systems, it’s important for property owners to understand and know the warning signs of septic system failures. The life expectancy of a septic system can vary greatly. Life expectancy is dependent upon a variety of factors. The range is so different that it spans anywhere from 15 to 40 years. The better you take care of your system, the longer it will last. At Custom Septic, we are a full-service septic company that covers all of your septic needs. Today, we want to focus on you being able to recognize when a problem may be arising within your own septic tank. Knowing when, and who, to call can save you lots of time, money and frustration in the long run.

Why Would Your Septic System Fail?

Truthfully, 15 to 40 years is an extremely broad range. If you want your septic system to lean on the longer side of life expectancy, there are simple things you can do. Common reasons of septic failure have a lot to do with habits that happen at home. The lack of septic maintenance being the biggest! Other common reasons that septic systems fail would be overusing water, running toilets, dripping sinks, having a garbage disposal, or even having too small of a septic design and tank. This can be especially true for homes that house more people on average. For example, if you have a 3-bedroom home but over 15 people are living in your house, you are more likely to overwhelm your septic system which was only meant to handle a smaller family. Obviously, running water and overusing your system can play a large role in septic failure. Understanding this can aid you in making better maintenance decisions and help to know what to look for when your septic system does begin to fail.

Septic Failure Warning Signs

One of the most prominent signs of septic system failure is a terrible odor. If you are experiencing strong and smelly odors coming from your toilet and pipes or even from outside near your septic system, it’s safe to say you have a problem. People also notice standing water and soggy soil right above their system, along with a higher volume of weed or algae growth near the system. Also, many homes now have septic tank alarms. If that begins to go off, it’s best to call one of our experts to come take a look.

There are so many different signs that your septic system can show before your septic system completely fails. Being aware and cognizant of that can save you lots of frustration down the road. If your septic system is giving you any warning signs, it’s best to call our professionals right away. For more information about septic system warning signs, give us a call today at (763) 218-4769 or email