There are several telltale signs that your septic system is not functioning properly:

  • The area around the leach field is unusually wet or spongy, indicating that wastewater isn’t draining efficiently through the soil.
  • The grass around the leach field grows faster and thicker and is greener than the rest of your lawn.
  • The leach field contains areas of standing water.
  • There is a sewer odor, especially after rainfall.
  • Water – sometimes dark or foul-smelling – runs from the leach field.
  • Sinks, tubs and toilets drain slowly or back up despite repeated plunging.

When in Doubt, Check it Out


None of these symptoms is definitive of a septic system failure. For example, a foul odor in the home may be caused by a blocked vent (often caused by birds or mice) rather than a septic system failure. lt’s also possible for a system to fail without the homeowner noticing any of these problems.

The only certain way to determine if a septic system is functioning properly is to have it inspected by a professional.

Hercules eliminates the guesswork by using fiber-optic cameras to visually inspect your sepiic tank, distribution box and laterals. We pinpoint the problem and offer an efficient, cost-effective solution.