If your new house or commercial property uses a septic tank, you need to be on the lookout for signs that something is wrong. Many issues can arise from a septic system that will have you reaching out to a local septic expert to fix them. Knowing the signs of problems can help you to get the problem fixed quickly.
One of the most important things to remember about a septic tank is that you have to empty it every 3-5 years. Here are some signs that your tank is full and it’s time to call a contractor.
Pooling Water – Your septic system’s tank can hold a lot of waste and water, but if the waste fills up, it can cause water to pool in your yard. Much like when you put too much ice in your glass of water, the overflowing water has to go somewhere. It leaks up into your yard and can cause our next sign.
Odors – One of the easiest to notice signs that you have a full septic tank is an odor. Overflowing septic tanks causes wastewater to rise up and pool on your property. This wastewater will give off a pungent odor. The odor comes from the sewage that is filling up your tank from your toilets.
Trouble Flushing – If your toilets are having trouble flushing, this may be a sign that your septic tank is full. One toilet might be caused by a problem in the pipes, but if all toilets seem to have problems flushing, there might be a problem with the tank.
Slow Drains – If your sinks, baths, and toilets seem to be draining very slowly, this might be related to your septic tank. If your tank is full, water going in will be very slow as the tank has to purge water to make room for the water being drained into it.
Call your local septic system experts if you notice one or more of these signs today before the problem gets any worse. Ignoring the signs of a full septic tank can leave you in a tight spot when the pooling water and odor get bad enough to disrupt neighbors. This can get you a hefty fine if you don’t fix it!