Common Signs You Need To Pump Your Septic Tank

Common Signs You Need To Pump Your Septic Tank

Common Signs You Need To Pump Your Septic Tank

27 January 2021
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Pumping involves removing sludge at the bottom of your septic tank. This should be done before sludge accumulates to a level where it blocks the pipe through which liquids pass while moving into the drainfield. The following are some signs that you need to call septic tank pumping services.

Foul Odor 

An overfilled septic tank eventually causes a foul odor in your home. If there's a sewage smell coming from your drains, it means your sewage is backed up. The backing up may not have passed the P-trap below your sink.

An overfilled tank can also cause a foul smell in your lawn near the drainfield. This smell is caused by excess waste escaping from the septic tank. Whichever the reason, the moment you notice an unusual odor, you should consult a septic tank pumping service.

Standing Water

When your septic tank is full, you'll notice water pooling in various areas of your yard. The most common place you'll experience this is near the drainfield or septic tank. If you notice water pooling around these areas, you should have your septic tank pumped immediately.

Standing water occurs when water stops flowing through the pipes of your drainfield. This happens because the water doesn't flow through pipes like it's supposed to but instead pools in a particular area. Failing to respond to standing water can cause your septic system to be overwhelmed, causing sewage to back up into your home.

It's Been Years Since You Last Pumped Your Tank

According to the EPA, septic tanks need to be inspected every two to three years. For systems with mechanical components, pumps, and electrical float switches, you need to schedule inspections once a year. Septic tanks should also be pumped every three to five years.

Small systems that are heavily used should be pumped annually. On the other hand, large tanks may take a long time to fill up. Moreover, tanks made of strong materials offer more resistance to leaks from overfilling.

To determine whether it's time to pump your tank, you need to maintain a record of when you pump your tank. Generally, if you've fewer people in your home and you maintain the septic tank, it will fill more slowly. This means it will not require frequent pumping.

Septic tank maintenance and pumping are crucial if you want your tank to last long. Familiarizing yourself with the signs of a full tank will help you identify the appropriate time to pump your tank. Other considerations include how much wastewater is generated and the volumes of solids in the wastewater. If you're in doubt, you should consult a septic tank pumping service for guidance.

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