When your septic tank is working properly, you shouldn't even have to think about it. The tank should do its job without any effort or concern on your part. However, in order to keep your tank functioning in this manner, you'll need it have it pumped periodically. This will remove the excess solid waste built up in the bottom of the tank, ensuring there is enough space for liquid to keep flowing in. Since septic pumping is not an exact science (some tanks need to be pumped more often than others), it's important to be aware of signs that your tank is in need of pumping.
You have no idea how long it has been since your tank was pumped.
Experts typically recommend having your tank pumped every 3 - 5 years. If you do not know how long it has been since your tank has been pumped, and you suspect that it might be longer than this, then it's a good idea to call a septic service and schedule a pumping. This way, you can get the tank cleaned out before any problems related to an over-filled tank arise.
You smell sewage in your backyard.
If you smell sewage in your yard, or if you notice any smelly water pooling up, then you need to have your tank pumped -- even if it has not been three years since your last pumping. The sewer smell is a sign that your tank is overflowing. There is too much solid waste in the bottom, so water is flooding out of the tank before the solids and stinky bacteria have had a chance to settle out. Until you have the tank pumped, stay out of your backyard. You don't want to be exposed to the bacteria in the sewage water.
Your drains are slow.
If just one drain is slow, you probably just have a blockage in that drain. However, if all of the drains in your home seem to be working slowly, this is a sign you need your septic tank pumped. When there is too much solid waste in the bottom, just a small amount of water can fit in the tank. Then, each time you put water down the drain, it can only flow into the tank as quickly as water leaves the tank.
Once you have your tank pumped, your drains should flow more freely and any sewage scent should leave your yard. When the septic technician (like those from E & F Septic Tank and other locations) is on-site, ask them how often they recommend getting your tank pumped. Based on the size of your tank, your climate, how many people live in your home, and the current condition of your tank, they can make an educated recommendation.Share
4 February 2016
Moving into the country was something that I had always dreamed of doing, but when it finally became a reality, I had to learn an important lesson the most difficult way. I found out that the big mound in my yard was a part of the septic system and when a septic system is not properly cared for, it can back up into your home. That was an incident that I never wanted to relive. After the days of cleanup were complete, I began learning everything that I could about maintaining my septic system. Go through my blog to learn what you need to do to ensure you don't have to go through the horrifying mess that I did.