Is It Time for a Septic Pumping? 5 Signs You Can't Ignore

Is It Time for a Septic Pumping? 5 Signs You Can’t Ignore

April 21, 2023

Is It Time for a Septic Pumping? 5 Signs You Can’t Ignore

As a homeowner, you’re responsible for maintaining your home’s septic system. Pumping your septic system every once in a while is key to keeping your system working at its best. Here are five telltale signs that it’s time to get your tank pumped!

• Clogged Toilets

When you have a clogged toilet, it can be annoying and frustrating, but it can also be a sign that your septic system is overloaded. If you continue to have frequent clogs in your bathroom, it may be time for a professional to inspect your system. They will be able to determine if your septic tank is overloaded and need to be pumped. Alternatively, they can give you some advice about how to prevent clogs in the future.

• Water Pooling in Your Yard

If you notice puddles of water in your yard that aren’t caused by sprinklers or rain, it’s a sign that your septic tank is full. The waste and fecal matter in these puddles can be harmful to your family and your property. You should also consider whether the soil around your septic system is too compact or has not been able to absorb water properly. These conditions will cause a higher rate of mud puddles in your lawn, which may eventually kill your plants and trees. This is why you should call a professional as soon as you notice any of these signs. They can help you determine what is causing the puddles and fix it permanently.

• Septic Smells

If your toilet or drains smell like sewage, this can be a sign of a problem with your septic system. These odors are a result of gases that form when waste gets close to the tank’s top and is unable to escape. These gases include methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. These gases can cause serious harm to your home and should not be ignored. Another indication of a septic system backup is gurgling sounds that occur in the pipes. These sound like a small jet coming from the drain. These sounds are a warning that something is wrong and will need to be fixed as soon as possible. The best thing to do if you notice these sounds is to ask a professional for help.

• Clogged Drains

If your sinks and toilets drain slowly, this is a sign that your septic tank is getting too full to accept more water. It could also be a sign of clogged pipes. If you have a slow-draining sink or toilet, it is time to call a professional septic service provider to have the pipes inspected and cleaned. This can be done for a few hundred dollars and will help you avoid having your septic system fail in the future.

• Unhealthy Well Water

Unhealthy well water can be an indicator that your septic system isn’t working properly. This is an especially common problem for wells sourced from groundwater in areas where minerals are high. If you see any of the above symptoms, it’s important to have your well pumped as soon as possible. This is because the sludge that builds up in your tank can cause serious problems if it isn’t removed quickly. Aside from aesthetic concerns, unhealthy well water can also indicate the presence of contaminants like nitrates, arsenic, lead and total coliform bacteria. You should have your well tested at least once a year!

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