How Do I Know If I Have A Plumbing Or Septic Issue?

Posted on: 28 February 2017

Since plumbing and septic systems are so highly interconnected, it can be difficult to know which system has malfunctioned and caused a plumbing emergency. Here are some of the subtle distinctions between septic and plumbing system failure.

A Plumbing Problem May Be More Localized

A plumbing problem tends to cause the biggest issues in one part of your house. For example, it might start with a single toilet or drain getting backed up. That could indicate that there is a clog or a leak near the site of that plumbing fixture.

On the other hand, if you notice that all of your plumbing fixtures are not working normally, that may be the sign of a septic tank issue.

Smells Are Also Localized

While it's not something that you want to think about, smells are a good way to diagnose where a problem is coming from. If there is a plumbing smell inside your home, then it may be a plumbing problem. If the smell is coming from your yard and outside of your home, look for a septic service professional.

Listen to Your Home

You might also be able to hear a plumbing problem within your home. If you have a plumbing leak, listen throughout your home to see if you can hear water trickling or hear water continuing to run despite no plumbing fixtures being in operation. If you are able to hear water trickling but don't see any fixtures acting up, that might mean a pipe is leaking; this is a plumbing emergency.

Your Service Schedules Hold a Clue

You can get some information from your service and maintenance schedules as well. Septic tanks require a regular service schedule to empty the tank and make room for more waste. If you can't recall when your last septic service appointment was, or it was a long time ago, then that's a good clue that it's your septic tank acting up.

These tips might help you to locate the source of your issue on your own. That will help you know which type of contractor to call into your home. But if you haven't been able to decide which system is causing your issue, don't worry. Both a plumbing contractor and a septic specialist should be able to locate your problem and advise you on the next steps, so go with your best guess and feel free to call out whichever contractor you can reach in an emergency plumbing situation. For more information, contact a business like Peoples Plumbing LLC.