If you're not sure when the last time your septic tank was pumped, you might be in for a rude awakening. This is particularly true if your tank has reached full capacity. Once your septic tank has filled, it will stop functioning properly. Unfortunately, when that happens, you'll start experiencing some unpleasant plumbing problems. Here are three signs that your septic tank needs to be emptied as soon as possible.
You Found Raw Sewage Seeping Out of the Clean-Out Drains
If your septic tank is giving you problems, you should go outside and inspect your clean-out drains. Those are the covered drain pipes located around the foundation of your home. Your clean-out drains allow plumbers to clear clogs that are located under your home. They can also provide you with one of the first signs that your septic tank needs to be pumped.
Once your septic tank reaches maximum capacity, the solid waste will have a difficult time filtering through. As a result, the raw sewage will begin to back up inside the drain pipes. When that happens, you'll begin to notice solid waste leaking out from around the clean-out drains. If you've found solid waste around the clean-out drains, you need to have your septic tank emptied as soon as possible.
Your Grass is Greener Over the Seepage Pit
When your septic system is working properly, liquid from the septic tank flows through to the seepage pit. Once inside the seepage pit, the liquid will absorb into the soil. If your septic tank has reached maximum capacity, the liquid will not be able to absorb properly. When that happens, the liquid will begin rising to the top instead of filtering down.
As the liquid rises to the top, you'll notice the grass getting greener directly over the septic system and seepage pit. You might also notice that the ground in that area feels slightly squishy under your feet. That's because the soil is saturated with septic fluids. You'll need to have your septic tank pumped as soon as possible.
Your Toilets Gurgle When You Flush
If your toilets have suddenly started making strange noises when you flush, your septic tank may be trying to tell you that it's full. This is particularly true if you hear a loud gurgling coming from deep inside the pipes. That gurgling is an indication that the tank is too full to accept additional waste. If you're hearing gurgling coming from deep inside the pipes when you flush, you should contact your septic service provider immediately.
To avoid serious problems, you should have your septic tank pumped at least once every three years. With proper maintenance, you can avoid the problems described above. For more information, contact Martin Septic Service Inc or a similar company.
After dealing with a debilitating sewage flood a few years back, I decided to turn my attention to the proper care and maintenance of our septic tank. We had never spent much time trying to keep things in good shape, but we didn't want to deal with another sewage problem. To make things right, we met with the septic tank professionals and talked about how to keep our system in good shape. We worked hard to check for problems, and we called in the professionals at the first sign of trouble. Ever since then, we haven't had any issues. This blog is all about keeping your plumbing on point.