The fact that septic tanks are buried below ground can make it difficult for homeowners to know when their septic tank is in need of repair. However, while you may not be able to visually see the damage to your septic tank, it is possible for you to detect the need for septic tank repairs by looking for common warning signs that your tank has suffered damage. You can learn more about three of these common warning signs below.

Warning Sign #1: The Grass Above Your Septic Tank Is Exceptionally Green

While a damaged septic tank is not good for you or your home, it can be great for your lawn. This is because a leaking septic tank will provide your lawn with an excess of moisture and nutrients. This can lead to the grass above your septic tank becoming exceptionally lush and green. If you notice that this area of your lawn is significantly greener than the rest of your lawn, it is time to contact a plumber and have your septic tank inspected for potential damage.

Warning Sign #2: Water Begins To Puddle On The Ground Surrounding Your Septic Tank

If your septic tank needs repair, the ground surrounding your septic tank will often become saturated with the excess water that is leaking out of your tank. This can result in high groundwater levels that ultimately prevent the soil from absorbing any additional moisture when it rains or when you water your lawn. When this happens, excess water will begin to puddle on top of the soil rather than soak into the soil. If you notice this type of puddling, there is a good chance that your septic tank needs to be repaired. 

Warning Sign #3: You Can Smell Sewage When Standing Near Your Septic Tank

If your septic tank is working properly, you should not be able to smell the contents of this tank even if you are standing right above it. If you find that you are able to smell sewage when standing near your septic tank or drain field, this is a strong indication that your tank is leaking and needs to be repaired. In extreme cases, you may also be able to detect this odor coming from the drains inside your home. In this situation, it is important to contact a repair contractor as quickly as possible to avoid sewage from backing up into your home. 

For more information about septic tank repair, contact a local company.