Septic tanks are a key part of a septic system. They are mostly used in areas where people can’t get connected to the sewage pipes provided by the relevant authorities. They are very costly to set up but can prove to be a reliable service over the course of time. A septic tank needs to be maintained and serviced but how can you tell its time to service it?
Here are the signs, beehiveplumbing.com lists down, that your septic tank needs draining:
Wet areas around the drain field
A drain field, also known as a leach field, is the part of the septic system that takes impurities out of the liquid that comes out from the septic tank. Wet areas are a red flag because it means that your drain field is being clogged by solid waste particles or that the tank is full. You can tell because the smell from the septic tank will be foul and the wet spot would be around where the leach field should be.
Horrid smell from inside or outside the house
You can use your sense of smell to determine how full the septic tank is. The smells are emitted from the inside or outside of the house. If you notice any stinky smells around the leach field or above the septic tank, call for your professional plumbers right away.
Slow or backed up drains
It’s pretty inconvenient when the drains in your house become slow and it’s not pretty seeing sewage backing up from the drains into your sinks, bathrooms or toilets. These things are usually associated with an overly full septic tank. If this situation is accompanied by other signs such as foul smells then get your septic tank pumped.
Healthy grass around the drain area
This might be harder to notice for some but it is a sign that your septic tank is full. When the tank is full, there are some liquids that rise upwards. When this happens excessively the grass around the septic tank tends to become greener and lusher than the grass in other areas of the lawn. Some rising liquid is not bad, but when it gets too excessive, it is a sign that there is a system failure and that your septic needs a at least a pumping, or at most, a service.
A properly managed and pumped septic tank will ensure that your septic system works for a long duration of time. If it’s not managed properly, it may prove to be very nasty for you because it might contaminate ground water and make your house and its surroundings unbearable to live in. Always get your tank checked even when it hasn’t shown any signs.