You might never give a second thought to trash collection services other than to place your trash on the end of your driveway on the appropriate day. My name is Lisa, and I want to tell you why you should think about your local sanitation and what happens to your trash after the garbage workers have taken it away. Did you know that trash that is not appropriately collected can cause health problems in your community? It can also damage the environment and the quality of your water and air. Educate yourself about what happens to the trash in your community so you can effectively fight for the health of your family and your planet.
When your septic tank starts filling up with sludge and waste materials, it can become so full that sewage water starts leaking into the ground around it. Below are three subtle signs that your overflowing septic tank has started seeping sewage into your yard.
Patch of Grass Grows Quicker Than the Rest
When you look out into your yard towards your septic tank, you may have noticed a patch of grass that grows quicker than the rest of your yard. The grass is also probably greener and healthier than the grass around it.
When your septic tank starts leaking, the waste water fertilizes the grass above the tank and keeps it moist. As a result, this patch of grass will grow better and lusher. While this may be good for the grass, it is a sign that your ground is contaminated with waste materials.
Ground Above the Septic Tank Stays Saturated
Along with healthier grass, the ground above the seeping tank may stay saturated with water, even when there has been no rain for several days or weeks. When the tank is slowly leaking waste water into the soil, the dirt remains moist because it is constantly being fed by the water.
Walk out to the area above your septic tank, and look down at your feet. You may see water or mud squishing up around your shoes, indicating that the septic tank is overflowing into the ground.
Faint Foul Odor Is Detected in the Area
Another subtle sign that your ground is saturated with sewage water is a faint, foul odor in the area. If the water is slowly seeping out of the tank, there may not be enough of the sewage to create a strong odor you can smell from several yards away. Instead, you may not be able to smell it until you are standing directly above the tank.
While you are still standing in your yard, take in a few deep breaths. If you smell the unmistakable odor of human waste materials, especially when paired with the signs above, your tank is most likely in serious need of cleaning and pumping.
If you notice any of the above signs, you should contact a septic tank service to have them clean and pump out your septic tank before your entire yard becomes a cesspool. Then, they can discuss setting up a septic tank cleaning and maintenance schedule to help keep the problem from happening again in the future. Companies like Mr Bob can help.