Septic system maintenance is essential if you want to avoid huge losses, maintain the value of your property, and prevent hazardous conditions. Unfortunately, homeowners don't often think about septic maintenance because it can go for years without any issues.
Does that mean you should neglect your septic system for decades? Well, unless you're looking for trouble, that's a bad idea. Septic pumping should be done every three to five years, depending on the size of your tank. Are there any warning signs that emerge when a septic tank needs to be pumped? Definitely! Here are a few signs you should look for:
A sewage backup is the most obvious sign that your septic tank is full. A full septic tank cannot accommodate more waste from your home, which means the sewage will back up into your home.
Sewage backups are unpleasant because they cause damage to your home. Sewage also contains all kinds of contaminants and it's hazardous to your health. If you notice sewage water entering your home through the drains, bathtubs, and toilets, you probably need to have your septic system pumped.
Sluggish or Clogged Drains
A sluggish drain is one of the most common plumbing problems in a home. Sluggish and clogged drains are easy to address, but you should call in a professional plumber if they keep on recurring.
Sometimes these plumbing problems are caused by poorly maintained septic systems. There is a likelihood that your septic tank is full or has very little space to accommodate wastewater. If you can't seem to solve sluggish or clogged drains, call your plumbing company to check if the problem lies in the septic tank system.
Strong and pungent odors can become common on your property if you haven't been pumping your septic tank often. If the smell is intense, there is a high chance your septic tank is full or blocked. You'll notice that the odor will be intense around the toilet, drains, and near your septic tank. The odors can worsen if you fail to call a septic service to diagnose and take care of the problem as soon as possible.
In addition to these three signs, you might also want to check for:
- Standing water
- Lush, green lawn around the drain field
- Regular gurgling noises in the sinks and toilets.
If one or two of the above signs come up, it's time to have your septic system pumped. A well-maintained septic system will save you costly repairs and replacements.
For more information, contact a plumber and ask about septic tank pumping.