Gurgling could mean that your septic tank is full. And with adverse environmental effects from pushing untreated waste and wastewater directly into your drain field, you’re going to want to call your septic professionals as soon as possible.
Blocked Drains and Pipes
That would be a big win! Clogged and blocked drains can cause slow drains and gurgling as water and waste slowly trickle through the system. But, they aren’t as expensive or intensive to fix.
It could be an easy at-home fix with a quick plunging or snake (we suggest avoiding chemicals as those wreak havoc on the necessary bacteria in your system and can cause more significant issues – see above).
Perhaps it’s the pipes running from your home or in your drainfield that are having the issue. Maybe you flushed one-too-many “flushable” wipes down the drain. While not as easy to fix as a clogged drain, the fix is more straightforward than with a backed-up system and usually requires a professional snaking or jetting to clear the clog.
Issues in Your Drain Vents
Take note of when and where you hear the gurgles. If it’s when you flush, but you hear in the shower or sink, that indicates an issue with your drain vents.
What are the drain vents?
Drain vents remove sewer gas from your pipes, releasing them outside of your home while also allowing fresh air into the system to help push waste through your pipes. You’ll want to repair these quickly as any cracks or flaws in the system could allow sewer gas to enter your home.
What to Do When You Hear Your Septic Tank Gurgling
It’s quite simple: call your septic contractors. When it comes to new noises from your system, always err on the side of caution and get the professionals to check your system’s health.