How Do I Know When My Septic Tank Needs to be Pumped?

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A properly maintained septic system tends to be easily forgotten. We simply expect the unit to work appropriately. When something does go wrong, it is immediately noticeable. The discomfort, odors, and lack of proper function promptly make themselves known. On occasion, a septic tank must be pumped by a professional service. Without pumping the system occasionally, backups, sludge, and smells will become commonplace.

Signs You Require Septic Service

A total septic system failure could be caused by a variety of conditions, such as flushing solid materials, or perhaps a faulty garbage disposal, and even water purification systems. Some surefire signs that your septic system requires professional service includes:

  • Smells – If you notice an unmistakable smell stemming from the drains or near the tank itself, a blocked drain likely requires pumping.
  • Pooling Water – Pooling water around the septic tank is a surefire sign of a leak. If the tank is full, the excess pressure could cause breaks in the tank or pipes, leading to moisture escaping to the ground above.
  • Backup – A sewage backup is the most obvious sign of a septic system failure. When sewage backs up, do not try to clean the mess yourself. Call a professional to pump the tank and perform repairs!

How to Tell if Your Septic Tank is Full

Even without noticeable issues, you should inspect your septic system on occasion. Furthermore, the system should be pumped every three to five years. And a system that utilizes electrical or mechanical systems requires more frequent inspections by a professional.

If the system is full, you’ll notice increased leaks and pools of water near the tank itself. Next, any device connected to the septic system, such as the toilet or shower drain, will display warning signs. The toilet itself may experience abnormal flushing, gurgling noises, or slow drainage.

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