Any property owner knows that there are few topics more exciting than drains – especially when drainage goes wrong, flooding your property, filling the air with a lovely, sewagey aroma and upsetting the neighbours too. Drainage problems can lead to serious damage if left unattended.

Here at Mayglothling, we prefer to do all we can to help you to avoid future problems rather than being called out when the damage has already been done. The good news is that there are some warning signs you can look out for, indications that there might be a problem that you can deal with – or get us to deal with – before anything serious happens.

1. Surface water.

If you find a puddle of effluent on your lawn that can’t be attributed to a household pet, this is probably a sign that your septic tank has overfilled. This is most likely due to a blockage, causing water to be pushed to the surface. It can happen directly over the septic tank or anywhere above the septic drain field.

2. Dips in the ground.

Similarly, if the ground has sunk in your drain field, this could be because something has collapsed or there is a hole where water has washed out, causing the ground to give way. Call the experts to be sure.

3. Flushing the toilet and nothing happens.

There are a number of reasons why your toilet might not flush. It could simply be a mechanical problem in the toilet itself, such as a damaged siphon, but it could also be due to a drain blockage. If you can’t unclog your toilet with a plunger, it might be that the outlet filter of your septic tank needs cleaning, or due to a more significant problem with the drain field.

4. Strange noises.

You’ll hear your pipes complaining when something is wrong. If you hear a gurgling or glug-glug noise, there could be a problem with any part of the drainage system, including a blockage or some issue with the septic tank. This is more likely to make itself known when several people use facilities at once.


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5. Foul smells.

This one is fairly straightforward. A malodorous whiff of something sewage-like is usually a good indication of a backed-up system or blocked drain.

6. A problem with the neighbours.

Most people don’t know exactly where their septic tanks are located, which means that drainage problems can affect neighbouring properties. In cases such as this, you’ll need to locate the problem between you.

7. Damaged manholes.

If you spot a sunken, damaged or missing manhole cover on or near your property, this could be indicative of a deeper drainage problem.

You don’t have to be an expert to keep an eye (or an ear or nose) out for these warning signs. If you do think you have a problem, it may be time to get a proper assessment done to see if your drainage needs a refurb.

Mayglothling’s – CCTV drain surveys are able to identify blockages or other issues. Find out more about all of our drainage services including drain repairs, root cutting, and installing a carbon filter to get rid of the smell.