Where Does Standing Water Come From?


Where Does Standing Water Come From?

When standing water appears in or around your home, there could be a problem. Knowing what to do and when to do it is essential to keeping things running smoothly in your home. Several issues could be at play, and finding the source of the water as soon as possible is vital to eliminate the problem of smelly standing water that attracts mosquitoes.

Septic Tank and Drainfield

Homes with septic tanks are prone to issues, especially during the rainy season when excessive water saturates the ground. The water may create pools that will disappear in a few days as the soil absorbs the excess water. This is a natural occurrence and one that remedies itself.

The filters or distribution box in the septic system may have become clogged, which prevents water from properly moving through the system into the drainfield. When this happens, the water has no place to go but back up through the pipes—creating a problem in the bathtub and shower.

Persistent issues with standing water in the septic tank area may indicate the tank is overloaded and needs to be pumped out. It is also possible that the drainfield is not large enough to accommodate the amount of water being processed through the home. Solving this problem requires expanding the size of the drainfield.


A major fixture in the bathroom is the toilet. If the drain is clogged, you may find your bathroom floor covered in water when you flush. In some instances, using a plunger or a plumbing tool, such as a snake, can dislodge an accumulation of tissue clogging the drain—but not always.

If an object has fallen into the toilet bowl and made its way into the pipes and become stuck, it cuts off water flow going out. When the toiled is flushed, water will come back up through the toilet bowl and overflow on to the floor.

Clogged and Cracked Pipes

One of the top reasons for excess water in your yard or indoor fixtures is clogged pipes. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the kitchen or bathroom sink, the bathtub, or the shower. If pipes are clogged with debris, soap scum, hair, food, or a foreign object, the water flows too slowly or not at all, which causes standing water. Cracked and broken pipes or worn out or damaged fittings securing the pipes will leak, which also creates pools of water.

Water Lines

Several issues affect underground water lines and can leaks that result in standing water:

  • Older homes with outdated pipes
  • Worn out piping that needs to be replaced
  • Deteriorated, cracked or broken pipes
  • Pipes damaged by tree roots

If you notice standing water in your home or yard, call a professional plumber to come take a look. The plumber will be able to diagnose the problem and offer a solution to fix it.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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