While you should plan to get your septic tank pumped every few years as part of your regular home maintenance, it is also important that you learn to spot warning signs that your tank is getting full. For instance, if the bacteria levels in your tank get low, your septic system will break down solid waste at a slower pace causing it to get full faster. As a result, you may find that you need to have your tank pumped sooner than you anticipated.
If you spot any of the warning signs below, you should contact a plumber to have your septic system inspected and your tank pumped.
Your Drains Are Slow or Gurgling
As your septic tank continues to get fuller, it may need to push water out into the drain field before it is able to accommodate more waste water from your home. As a result, you will likely notice that the drains in your home are running slower and slower over time as your tank continues to get fuller. In some cases you may even hear a gurgling sound as the water goes down the drain.
While not all slow drainage issues can be attributed to problems with your septic system, issues such as drain clogs are typically found in just a single drain while issues that affect all of the drains in your home are most commonly caused by an issue with either your septic system or your main drainage pipe. In either case, it is best to call in a professional when experiencing this type of issue in order to determine the exact cause of the problem and complete the necessary maintenance to get your drains flowing at the proper speed.
Odors Are Coming From Your Drains
When your septic tank is reaching maximum capacity, some of the gases that are produced inside your tank can find their way up through your pipes. This can result in the smell of sulfur or sewage coming from your drains. If you notice any unpleasant odors coming from your drains, it is important that you act quickly to have your septic tank pumped in order to prevent it from overflowing and backing up into your yard or home.
Your Drain Field Is Exceptionally Green
If the grass in your drain field is exceptionally green, this can be the result of your septic tank releasing solid waste materials. This only happens if your septic tank is either full or has sprung a leak. Either way, you will need to call septic tank services if you wish to avoid further damage and extensive repairs.