Gurgling toilets or drains can indicate a problem with a home’s plumbing or septic system — but it can be difficult to determine what the problem is and who to call for help. Generally plumbers can inspect plumbing and and the sewer lines to the septic tank, but they can’t often inspect inside the tank or drainfield. Fortunately there are a couple things you can check to give you an idea of whether you need to call a plumber or a septic specialist.
If you find yourself in a situation where either a toilet or a drain is gurgling and suspect it may be your septic system, take these initial steps for troubleshooting:
If there are not any indications of water surfacing on the ground and there is not water standing in any cleanouts, it is usually a problem with the house plumbing. Call a plumbing company to locate the problem.
If there is standing water over your system or in your system’s cleanout, the problem is likely with your septic system. Van Delden Wastewater Systems has been installing and maintaining septic systems since 1937, so there’s not much we haven’t seen.
If you’re having septic system problems, give us a call at 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or 830.249.4000 (Boerne), or contact us online.
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