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What's a failure?  Island County Code defines a failure as "a condition of an onsite sewage system or component that threatens the public health by inadequately treating sewage or creating a potential for direct or indirect contact between sewage and the public".

This can include sewage backing up into a home, usually at the lowest point of entrance such as a basement shower or toilet.  If sewage is ponding on your drain field​ or is surfacing - your system is failing.  There may be some quick and cheap ways to remedy the problem - the sooner you act the better.  You may be able to save a lot time, money and effort by addressing issues quickly.  The longer a system is in a failure state the more it could cost.

If you have a failing system, contact a licensed maintenance service provider or Island County Public Health for troubleshooting support.

Helpful Resources

Washington State Department of Health - Signs of Septic System Failure​

Craft3 - Clean Water Loans

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