We just bought our home and moved in less than a week ago, so I haven't had much time to get used to the ins and outs of our new home but there are a couple things I'm not sure about with the septic system here. I've never had a septic so I don't know if this is common, acceptable, or not.
1) Seems like when it rains, the outside back yard (where the tank and drain field is), side yard (driveway) AND front yard smell like sewage. I guess this is normal. .. However, today I could smell sewage inside while I was just watching tv, which prompted me to start doing a bunch of research. It's a little gross. And Ohio is very wet during certain times of the year, so it's going to be awful if this is normal.
2) Our yard is very long and a little narrow (for it length). It also slopes downhill, gradually at first and then half way down it is steeper, ending in a forest... and I only have my best guess where the drain field is, but I think I know where the tank is due to a concrete disc cover. Anyway, the further you go down our yard, the squishier the ground gets. Some places it's very wobbly and if you're going too fast you could probably trip and break your ankle! One time I was running down our backyard with my dog and stepped straight into a wet puddle, and it hadn't rained recently so I was a little confused and disgusted. Didn't smell like sewage then, but who knows (my dog wasn't very interested in the smell or the water though, my logic is if it was actual sewage she would probably be eating it and rolling in it)
After reading posts on this site and doing a lot of research, I'm growing increasingly concerned. At first I was like "oh, 200 bucks to get it pumped!" but now it sounds like a failure that only a replace can fix....?