Many homes have septic systems on their property, yet you may not be aware of it until there’s an issue with your plumbing. Septic tanks manage solid and wastewater waste, and there are certain things you should inspect to make sure it’s kept in proper working condition. Your septic tank system is directly affected by what you flush down the toilet. Many people put things down the drain that won’t dissolve, leading to overgrowth! In addition to natural buildup, other factors can impact its functioning too – like having it professionally cleaned or having it pumped.
Following are a few signs that might indicate the tank is full and needs to be pumped:
Your toilet isn’t flushing properly or is backing up: Your bathroom and drains may not be draining quickly or are difficult to flush due to an issue with your septic tank. If this is the case, take note that it could mean the tank has filled up and should be addressed right away.
Your pipes gurgle or drain slowly: Gurgling occurs when air pockets form between pipes and prevent liquids from draining properly. This sound could indicate that your septic tank is full; however, other factors like clogged drains, hair accumulation, dirt accumulation or paper residue could also contribute to these problems.
Your lawn appears lush and green: Though it may not seem like a sign of sewage backup, if the grass surrounding your septic tank appears healthier than its surroundings, then this could indicate that your system requires pumping.
Water begins to accumulate in your yard: If you notice standing water or overflowing near your septic tank, it could indicate an overflow. Remember: there is a difference between wastewater and standing water.
Your home or yard smells like sewage: These smells could be coming from toilets or drains and indicate that your septic tank is having issues. If the ventilation system is blocked, this could result in trapped gasses within the system. If you smell strong sewage gasses, contact a professional immediately for further assistance.
Sewage backs up at the drains: If you notice raw sewage in your shower and bathtub drains, contact a professional septic company or plumber immediately. Allowing the sewage to build up at this level can cause serious damage to your home and put you at risk for health problems.
Any home can experience problems with their septic tank; make sure you are taking care of your plumbing system. If you’re concerned and think your septic system might not be working properly it’s better to play it safe than to be sorry. Contact the professional septic maintenance and repair specialists at Custom Septic today at (763) 218-4769.