When it comes to homecare, it can be difficult to know when things need to be updated or changed. The same can be said about your septic tank; however, there are ways to know when it’s time for it to be pumped. When it comes to Septic Tank Plumbing, here are a few tips to know whether your septic tank needs to be changed.
Sign #1: Slow Flushing
This is an early sign that your septic tank needs to be pumped or changed. If you notice that over time, flushing or draining water becomes sluggish, whether it be your toilet, shower, bathtub, etc, it’s time for a change.
Sign #2: Smells
If your pipes and drains begin to smell, it’s a sign that your septic tank needs to be pumped quickly. You can detect smells from anywhere that is connected to your pipes. Because the bacteria will have nowhere to go and as such, the smell will emanate from your sinks, toilet, bathtub, etc.
Sign #3: Water Stagnation
When you start to notice that water is sitting around your home or lawn, this is an indicator that your septic tank needs to be pumped. You can find stagnant water in a number of places around your property, but the water is most likely to collect closer to your septic tank than otherwise. If you notice that you have stagnant water around your property or septic tank, it’s urgent that you seek professional help. At the very least, you’ll need to have your septic tank pumped; however this can also be an indication of a more serious issue.
Sign #4: Abnormally Green Lawn
While having a green lawn is generally considered a good thing, it can be a sign of a bigger issue on your property. You’ll be able to tell the difference between having a generally healthy lawn and having a backed up septic tank because you may notice that specific sections of your lawn are much greener or that grass and plants are growing more easily. If you notice that your lawn has sections of healthier grass, this is an indicator that your septic tank is leaking fluids that are fertilizing parts of your land. If you see this, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional immediately.
Sign #5: Sewage Backup
While this could be an obvious sign that your septic tank needs to be pumped, it’s worth being mentioned. Your septic tank could be backing fluids into your pipes if it has reached its maximum capacity. When this happens, it isn’t able to accept any more fluids and instead, they are likely to move back up your pipes. If you have any sewage backup, you must call a professional right away.
No one likes having problems with their septic tanks. That’s why you’ll want to deal with any issues as they come. With our above guide, you can recognize the signs of needing to have your septic tank pumped. For any questions we haven’t covered thus far, feel free to contact us today!