Standing Water In My Yard: What Does It Mean?

If you have a septic system, standing water in your yard should be a cause of a concern. Not only does it smell unpleasant, but it’s extremely unsanitary. Remember, that water came from your toilets and drains! Take it as a sign that your system needs attention ASAP.

By calling a septic provider sooner rather than later, you can determine the reason behind the standing water—and avoid bigger problems down the line.



A soggy, waterlogged yard may be due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Full Septic Tank
    When your septic tank is full, there isn’t enough space for incoming wastewater. This can make liquid flow back into the house, resulting in slow-flushing toilets and slow-draining sinks. However, liquid can also leak into the leach field, causing an accumulation of wastewater on the surface.
    The solution? Get a septic tank pumping. Next, create a regular pumping schedule to prevent the problem from recurring.
  2. Overuse
    Similarly, overwhelming your system can cause standing water. Here’s how: When water is continuously traveling down the drain, there’s a constant flow of liquid entering the tank and drainfield. As a result, the drainfield doesn’t have a chance to absorb the moisture and fully dry out.
    To remedy the problem, call your septic provider for a septic pumping. It’s also a good idea to spread out your water usage throughout the day and week. If your household is about to increase in size, make sure everyone knows what does and doesn’t go down the drain.
  3. Water Runoff
    If you recently received heavy rainfall, your drainfield might be flooded with water runoff. This is especially problematic if you live in Arizona, where the soil becomes hard and dry in the summer. When a monsoon hits, the water flows right over the soil because it’s so dry. This can flood your drainfield, resulting in standing water.
    In this case, talk to Paradise Valley Septic about installing a water retention system.
  4. Broken Distribution Box
    When water flows out of your septic tank, it enters a container called a distribution box. This container has holes with rotating devices, which release wastewater into the drainfield. If your distribution box is working properly, the water should be evenly distributed into the soil.
    But if the distribution box is damaged or leaking, it might release water into one area and cause water accumulation. Fortunately, your septic provider can easily repair or replace the box.
  5. Poor Drainage
    The problem might involve the landscape, rather than the septic system itself. For example, if the soil in the area is too compact, it won’t be able to properly absorb water. Likewise, having the wrong soil in your drainfield can lead to standing water. A septic technician can aerate the land—and add porous materials—to improve its overall drainage.



As a homeowner, discovering standing water in your yard can be stressful. However, you can count on Paradise Valley Septic to identify the problem. Our team has been repairing and installing septic systems in the Greater Phoenix area since 1958.

We’re ready to help. Contact us at (480) 351-1725 today.


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