Is your Septic System Working?

Septic tank doneSeptic systems are underwater wastewater treatments systems and are used in rural and regional areas that are not connected to a centralised sewer system.

Certain actions of maintenance will need to be done from time to time to keep your septic functioning properly and that will depend on what kind of septic tank you have.

When you need to find out what kind of septic system you have, you can contact your local council or shire and request a plan of your property. This may incur a fee and could take anywhere up to 10 days for your plans to be ready. Ask your neighbours as they will most likely have a similar system especially if your homes were built around the same time.

Here are Some Signs You May Have a Malfunctioning Septic System?

  • Low Water pressure
  • Smells
  • Pools / Ponds Around Septic System
  • Lush Green Growth

Low Water Pressure

You might be having plumbing problems if your water pressure is low and not flowing correctly. The first port of call would be to contact your water service to see if works are currently being done in your area. Otherwise contacting a qualified plumber to solve the problem is always the best.

Pool / Ponds Around Septic System

Water pools that appear around septic systems that are of a muddy consistency can be a cause of a bigger problem. The septic system may not be flowing correctly.

Lush Green Growth

Photo of a septic tank underground waste treatment systemIf your drain field has a certain particular amount of green growth around it especially in the summer months could indicate a blockage in your drain field, stopping the wastewater from draining away.


Smells coming from drainage areas could indicate that there might be a blockage in the septic tank. Also signs of noises of gurgling can also be heard with a smell which is can be potentially dangerous with airborne bacteria. Contacting a professional plumber will assist in sorting the problem.

Does Your Septic System Needs Servicing?

Yes, if you answer to any of the questions above or you don’t know when it was last done.

Call Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas in Busselton / Dunsborough 0435 732 528 to book your septic systems service. We also do all your emergency and general plumbing needs. Call Mainline Plumbing because we are the trusted name in plumbing – for more than 35 years.