With so many families staying at home, septic tank problems have skyrocketed. Issues can occur for several reasons, from human mistakes to natural causes. 

Too Much Water In The Tank 

Because more of us are staying at home, we are using more water. This can cause an issue, when there is more water than usual in the septic tank, it doesn’t allow waste to be properly broken down. When this happens, you are at risk for solids to clog up the tubes leading to the drain field or even back up into your home. 


We are all washing our hands and cleaning just a little more than usual. But all this antibacterial soaps and cleaners are wreaking havoc on the septic system. Killing the beneficial bacteria that are responsible for breaking down solid waste in the tank. Along with other chemicals, grease, fats, and toxins that end up going down the drain. 

Non-Biodegradable Items 

This refers to items that don’t break down in the tank. Such as wipes, feminine products, q-tips, and cat litter, just to name a few. Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. 

Roots In The Septic System

Tree roots can be very aggressive. Growing into the plumbing and even the tank itself.

It is important to recognize any signs of system failure. This can go a long way in preventing small issues from becoming big problems.

Water or sewage from sinks, drains, or toilets are backing up into the home.

The drain in the kitchen or bathroom have become slow.

The plumbing system or toilet is making a gurgling sound.

Damp areas or standing water outside near the drainfield or septic tank.

You notice a foul odor either in the house or around the septic tank.

Lush green spongy grass growing over the drain field or septic tank, especially if it hasn’t been raining.

Your well water has high levels of coliform bacteria or nitrates.

It is easy to neglect a waste management system, but the ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ can lead to early deterioration and costly repairs. If caught in time, many problems can be fixed easily and inexpensively, if not it’s like throwing money down the drain! It can also be a hazard to the health of your family, pets, and the environment.

If your septic system is giving you problems, contact Orlando Septic System for quick and affordable solutions.