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If your pipes aren’t draining properly or they’re emitting foul odours, the problem may be your septic system. Fortunately, Black Forest Plumbing offers comprehensive septic system repair and maintenance services for homes and businesses. You can count on our plumbers to have the right tools and equipment to get the job done right. Contact us today to set up a service call. 

6 Signs Your Septic System Needs to Be Repaired

Septic systems provide essential wastewater treatment services to many homes and businesses. Here are six signs that yours should be repaired:

The water or sewage is backing up
A backup is typically an indication that your tank needs to be pumped out. However, it could also mean that there’s a drain field issue that needs to be addressed.
Your showers, bathtubs or sinks are draining slowly
This may be a sign that your septic system is clogged or that sludge has built up on the bottom of your tank.
There’s standing water in your yard
This usually means that your tank is too full. However, it could also mean that you have a broken or cracked pipe.
You’re hearing loud gurgling sounds
This tends to indicate that there’s a blockage in one of your septic pipes or drain vents.
Your drains smell like rotten eggs
This may be a sign that your tank is full, one of your pipes is damaged, or that one of your tank seals needs to be replaced.

If you’ve noticed any of the above issues, your septic system should be serviced by one of our professionals. Provided they’re caught early, most septic system issues only require minor repairs.



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How to Care for Your Septic System

If properly maintained, a septic system can last 20 to 40 years. Unfortunately, many people simply forget about their septic system until a problem occurs. Here are a few ways to keep yours in good working order:

  • Inspect your system regularly
    Your septic system should be inspected every three to five years by a professional. A plumber will be able to catch any emerging issues, fix them and consequently prevent the need for more serious repairs down the line. 

  • Use less water
    Reducing the amount of water that gets pumped into your septic system will improve its efficiency and reduce the risk of failure. A few easy ways to decrease your water consumption include repairing leaky faucets, toilets and pipes, installing low-flow showerheads and faucets, and only running the washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full.

  • Be mindful about what you put down your pipes
    Everything that goes into your sink, toilet and other drains will end up in your septic system. For this reason, make sure you don’t flush paper towels, wet wipes, feminine products, dental floss and diapers down the toilet. These items can cause blockages, which could lead to major problems. In fact, only toilet paper and human waste should ever be flushed down your toilet.

    You should also avoid pouring cooking oil, fat and grease down your drains as these products can solidify and cause clogs. Additionally, chemicals from cleaning products and other solvents can destroy the good bacteria that help break down solids in your septic tank. It’s therefore best to dispose of chemical products at an appropriate waste facility.


Taking care of your septic system will go a long way in preventing serious issues from developing. Black Forest Plumbing can help by providing scheduled maintenance. Additionally, if you notice something isn’t right with your septic system, reach out to us right away so one of our plumbing experts can take a look.

Why You Should Hire a Professional for Septic System Repairs

Trying to fix your septic system on your own can be dangerous. Raw sewage is toxic and is likely to emit harmful gases that are hazardous to your health. You should always hire a septic system repair professional to get the job done quickly and safely. Fortunately, all our plumbers are qualified for the job. 

Plumbing Experts in Southern Ontario

If your septic system requires a repair or maintenance call, we can help. Black Forest Plumbing offers septic system repair and maintenance services for homes and businesses in Holland Landing and surrounding communities like Aurora, Newmarket and Markham. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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