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First Signs of an Issue with a Drain or Septic System


You should monitor your system on a regular basis to spot early warning signs of a septic system or sewer line problem. The following are some signs that you might have a bigger problem.

Gurgling toilets
Instead of air flowing through the lines, the air pushes back and causes the gurgling sound. Sometimes, you'll also see the toilet water bubble.

Slow draining toilets
It doesn’t happen instantly, but long-term disposal of non-flushable items always leads to clogging. In such circumstances, waste can’t get through the outlet drain easily, so the toilet water rises and slowly drains.

Bad smells
A blockage (if it consists of organic matter) may make itself known via a bad smell.

Overflowing over toilet

A clogged toilet is the most common cause of a toilet overflow.  

Pooling water in the lawn

A broken or leaking pipe can cause water and sewer waste to pool in your yard. If you have standing water that smells foul, there's a good chance this could be the case.

Overly healthy lawn

Areas of more lush grass growth over the septic tank or along a drain line may be signs that the tank is leaking or backing up is a sign of potential trouble.

Signs of a Leak

  • Pools of water
  • Wall discoloration
  • Sheetrock bubbling
  • Low water pressure
  • Increase in your water bill
  • Mold & mildew
  • Foul odor

 If you experience any of these signs, you should take action immediately to find the cause. Here at WIN Home Inspection Southeast Idaho we offer sewer/septic scopes. This provides a 4k ultra HD video of the line in question.