Septic Pumping , Installation & Service in Brandon FL
Septic Pumping , Installation & Service in Brandon FL

Signs Your Septic System Needs Repair

Signs Your Septic System Needs Repair

If you’re lucky, you’re calling your septic service for a routine pumping. If not, you have a sinking feeling that something’s not right. Following your maintenance schedule should prevent most problems, but keep an eye out for these signs your septic system needs repair.


Your toilet has one job: to make it all go away. If that’s not happening, the issue could be with your septic tank. Waste can also back up into tubs, showers, sinks, and floor drains, and you can’t just shut the door and hope for the best. Ignore hazardous materials, and your home could become unlivable.

That Smell

Yes, it’s what you think it is. Septic systems don’t get a lot of glory for this, but they whisk away odors along with waste better than the finest aromatherapy candles. If you’re smelling something in your house, it could be the start of a backup. If you’re smelling it in your yard, the drain field may need repair. It could just be that you’re in need of septic pumping services, which is the best possible outcome.


If your lawn is wet for no good reason, your septic system could be full or clogged. Don’t go investigating yourself, because that’s wastewater rising to the surface.

Green Spots

If a patch of your yard is looking particularly emerald-green and vibrant, it’s the wrong kind of fertilizer. A slight sewage leak can release nutrients that make your grass look healthier and grow faster, but soon that leak will get out of hand.

Slow Drainage

Hair is usually the culprit when a shower drain isn’t working. But if you notice that all your drains are slow, it’s not a coincidence. Have it checked out as soon as you can.

A septic system can last anywhere from 15 to 40 years, depending on a variety of factors. When Brandon Septic is at your home for scheduled maintenance, our team members will talk with you about the age of your tank and any signs your septic system needs repair. Our owner, Sam Dean, has been doing this since 1977 and knows how to get things running smoothly again. Contact us with any questions—we can make an emergency visit if necessary.

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