Does Your Septic Tank Need Pumping? Here Are Some Signs


Septic tanks are an important part of your plumbing system. However, your septic system is probably not at the forefront of your thoughts on any given day. When it does malfunction, it will be at the top of your list of things to fix. If you're wondering if your septic tank needs some attention, here are some of the major signs that it probably does. 

Drains Are Clogged

One of the first signs you may notice when your septic tank needs pumping is that sewage starts to back up. When you use your sink, shower, or tub, you expect the water to drain away very quickly, if you notice that it's taking longer than usual for the water to disappear down the drain, something could be wrong with your septic system. 

Another sign that many people notice is that their toilet is not flushing as quickly as it normally would. These are signs that should never be ignored, call in a professional before things get worse.

Bad Odors

There is no getting away from the bad odor you will smell when your septic tank needs pumping. Bad odors are one of the signature signs that there is something wrong with your septic tank. You will smell these bad odors in your backyard. When things are really bad, you will start smelling the odors in your toilets and all the drains in your house. 

Water Starts Pooling

Water will start pooling in different areas of your yard when your septic tank needs to be pumped. The drain field is usually the area where most of the water begins to pool. If you have water pooling in this area then you need to call in someone to get your septic tank inspected as soon as you can. When the drain field keeps pooling, it means that things have gotten out of hand. It won't be long before sewage starts backing up inside your home.

Sewage Backs Up

As mentioned, sewage can start backing up into your home when your septic tank needs to be pumped. This is one of the more glaring signs that something is wrong. The sewage may start backing up slowly and you may be able to get rid of it briefly with commercial cleaners. However, eventually, things will get out of hand and you will have no choice but to call in a professional to pump your septic tank for you.

Getting your septic tank pumped is something that you must do once you notice that there is a problem. The quicker you get the issue resolved the less costly it is likely to be.

Contact a local septic service, such as Ace Septic & Excavating Inc. And Ace Chemical Toilets, to learn more.

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Finding Issues With Your Septic Tank

Do you know how to find and address issues with your septic system? Neither did I until about three years ago. My wife and I had purchased this lovely home in the middle of the mountains, and it relied on an aged underground septic system. We struggled with problems like overflowing toilets and bad smells for a few months until we realized that it could be due to the septic tank. Fortunately, a friend of ours came out and showed us how to identify problems and get them addressed. I want to teach everyone a thing or two about septic tanks, so that you don't struggle like I did.

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