The septic tank is one of the hardest places in which to detect a serious problem. That is because so many homeowners do not know about a problem there until it is too late. By then, they detect a strong, unwavering smell that comes from the plumbing pipes or drains and suffocates the house. They turn on the tap or shower and find a slow trickle of water. Outside the property, they detect spots of water that appear above the septic drain field. By that time, they call a professional, but the problem already requires a major repair. As a septic system owner, learn about the common problems that may lead you to need a septic system repair.