If you have a septic system, you’ve likely been told to watch out for gurgling or bubbling noises. This sound, after all, could be a sign of a blockage or poor draining. It’s a homeowner’s worst nightmare!
But what if you hear water running in your septic tank? Should you be concerned?
Let’s look at the potential reasons behind this mysterious noise.
WHY DO I HEAR WATER RUNNING IN MY SEPTIC TANK?
While wastewater from your home does regularly flow into your septic tank, you shouldn’t hear trickling or running noises. Here are three possible causes:
GROUNDWATER IS LEAKING INTO YOUR TANK
The sound of trickling water could indicate that groundwater is leaking into your tank.
If you have a concrete septic tank, a crack could be the culprit. If you have a steel septic tank, you might be dealing with rust damage. A plastic or fiberglass septic tank can also develop a leak if there’s a crack or break.
In each case, the physical damage allows groundwater to leak into the tank, causing a trickling or running sound.
This is especially likely if surface runoff after a storm seeps into the ground.
YOUR DRAINFIELD HAS WASTE BUILDUP
Another potential cause is improper drainage in your drainfield.
Normally, wastewater leaves the septic tank and flows through underground lines in the drainfield. Here, the surrounding permeable soil or gravel filters the remaining water.
But if there’s too much solids or wastewater in the drain field, the soil can clog and fail to properly drain. As a result, wastewater can flow back in the tank.
YOUR SEPTIC PUMP IS OFF — AND YOU HAVE AN UPHILL DRAINFIELD
Conventional septic systems use gravity to bring wastewater from the tank to the drainfield, which is typically installed below the tank. But if your drainfield is uphill due to your property’s layout, you’ll need a pump to move everything along.
However, when the pump is turned off, gravity comes into play. The wastewater in the drainfield can flow back in the septic tank, causing a trickling or running noise.
WHAT DOES A SEPTIC TANK NORMALLY SOUND LIKE, ANYWAY?
A healthy septic system shouldn’t make any noise.
One exception is an aerobic septic system, which uses an air pump to stir the wastewater. Air pumps make a continuous humming noise that is light yet audible.
If you have an alarm system installed in your septic tank, you might also hear a high-pitched noise when it’s time to pump the tank.
A trickling noise, on the other hand, warrants an inspection from an experienced septic provider like Paradise Valley Septic.
IS YOUR SEPTIC TANK MAKING STRANGE NOISES? CALL PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC
The sound of water running in your septic tank can be unsettling. And while it might be tempting to ignore the noise and hope it disappears, it’s best to have a professional septic company check it out.
Besides, sounds like running water and gurgling aren’t normal. These noises could indicate a problem with your drainfield, tank, or entire system — so it’s crucial to fix them at the earliest sign.
Paradise Valley Septic is ready to inspect and repair your Arizona septic system. While we’re at it, we can explain what your septic tank should (and shouldn’t) sound like. This way, you can take care of problems before they begin.
To schedule an appointment, send us a message or call us at 480-351-1725 today.