Homebuyer’s Guide to Septic Systems Part 3 – SepticSmart Week 2017

Part 3:  Corrective Maintenance

How do I know if my septic system is not working properly? What do I do?

There are a few signs of a septic system malfunction. If you discover any of these warning signs, call a septic system service provider immediately. One call could save you thousands of dollars!

  • Wastewater backing up or gurgling into household drains.
  • A strong odor around the septic tank or drainfield.
  • Bright green, spongy grass appearing on the drainfield.
  • With proper care and maintenance, your septic system will serve your home for years to come.

That’s why it’s important for you to do your part and be SepticSmart!


It’s important to address any problems concerning your septic system as early as possible.  To get help with your septic system.  Your county environmental health specialist can help you.

  • Benton County Health Unit- Rogers at 479-986-1358
  • Washington County Health Unit – Fayetteville at 479-521-8181
  • Madison County Health Unit – Huntsville at 479-738-2612
  • Carroll County Health Unit – Berryville at 870-423-2923

You can also visit the Arkansas Department of Health Onsite Wastewater website.