6 Signs Your Septic Tank Needs to be Pumped

Septic tanks are popular and necessary. Nearly 25% of all houses in the United States relies on septic tanks, therefore keeping them in proper working order is vital. Like with anything related to your house things can go wrong and messes can occur. Sometimes these messes come with warnings and sometimes they don’t, but sometimes the warning are there, they are just subtle enough to be missed, unless you know what you are looking for. Read the subtle warning signs below to help you be diligent of possible septic tank troubles and when it should be pumped.

What’s that Smell

Ever had an odor in your house and you couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. Almost every homeowner has had this experience, but there are times when it could be more than just a stinky lingering odor. The average single family home will use an average of 70 gallons of water each day with various activities. Septic tanks collect this water including water from showers, dishes, washers and waste water. The mixture of water from toilets, known as black water, and water from other activities, known as grey water, can make from pretty serious smells. When you notice these smells, that is a sure sign that you should seek septic tank service to get a septic pumping performed before the problem becomes too large and septic tank repair is required.

Water Water Everywhere

Standing water is another sure sign that you should schedule a septic system pump soon. When water has no where to go in
septic tanks, it must go somewhere. This can result in water pooling in any number of places along your property line. When water starts to pool you should waste no time scheduling a septic tank pump and service to inspect your septic tank.

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side

When you notice a patch of luscious beautiful green grass in your yard, this may not necessarily be a sign of your wonderful green thumb. When a certain patch of grass doesn’t match the rest of your lawn, you should inspect. Chances are you are going to find that the green grass is over the septic system. The waste water from your septic system can be an excellent fertilizer for this patch of grass, but the problems from ignoring this won’t be as pretty.

Drain Water Drain

Ever notice that drains sometimes get incredibly slow for no apparent reason? Dishwater taking longer to drain from the sink? Shower floor pooling excess water because it’s not draining fast enough? The problem may not be your drains, but it could be your septic tanks problem. When retail drain products aren’t fixing the problem, it may be time to call in the professionals for an inspection of your septic tank.

Water Should go Down not Up

If all other signs are missed then the worst case scenario could include septic back up. This occurs when there is absolutely no where for the waste or regular water to go and it must come up through another drain. These problems typically happen with the lowest drain first, before the others. This problem pretty much speaks for itself, and the problem as well as solution are pretty self explanatory.

Keep Up

There are times when you see no problems with your septic system, but you should still schedule a pump. Normal everyday use can cause your septic system to become full, even if there are not lots of people using the restroom facilities. Garbage disposals for instance can increase septic tank solids by as much as 70%. Regularly pumping septic tanks can keep one if not all of the above problems from happening to you.

Following regular pumping schedules can keep any of these problems from happening. The scary news is ven without warning signs, septic tanks can fail. The good news is most of the time there are warning signs before this happens, and solutions to prevent it from happening.

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