What signs tell me my septic system may be headed for replacement?

You may sometimes hear gurgling in your drains, see bubbling in the toilet, or an occasional damp/wet spot in the yard, or after a large rain the plumbing seems… slow. These are all signs that your system may be “ailing” and headed for replacement. It is possible there may be a simpler solution, such as obstruction or your tank may need pumped. However, if the symptoms return after the tank is pumped, your system is headed for failure. You won’t know until it is evaluated. It will not go away by ignoring it! If you have an “ailing” septic system that is limping along, DON’T WAIT until it is a full blown FAILURE to start the process. The symptoms will get worse! If you complete as much of this process as possible, you can plan. Remember, once the “ailing” goes to “failing,” it disrupts the whole household.

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1. Does the area for the septic system really need to be protected from construction traffic before constructing my house and after installation?
2. What can I plant on or near the septic system?
3. What does a typical septic system look like, and how long does it last?
4. Do those septic tank additives work?
5. How often should my tank be pumped, and what about effluent filters?
6. What steps can I take to reduce water use in my home and around my property, and why is it important?
7. How can I get information about my septic system?
8. What signs tell me my septic system may be headed for replacement?
9. What do I do if my system goes into failure?
10. My system has worked for many years. Why can’t I just replace it with what I have?
11. Can I put in my own septic system? I ran a backhoe once and my buddy has one he says I can use.
12. How do I properly abandon my septic tank or system?