Your septic tank probably isn't something you give much thought to until issues arise. Recognizing the signs that your tank needs to be pumped and calling a plumber promptly if you notice any of them can help prevent a major problem.
Your Sewer Is Backing Up
Sewer backup is a surefire sign that your tank has reached capacity. Most of the time, you'll notice other signs that it's time for a pumping before the waste starts backing up into your drains. But if you wait too long after noticing other signs, sewage backup is the inevitable result. Raw sewage is obviously a major health hazard, so you'll want to call a plumber immediately if you see this.
You See Standing Water
Pooling water around the septic tank or drain field is another major sign that you need to have it pumped as soon as possible. Standing water is usually an indication that your tank is very full because solid waste displaces the liquid when it clogs the piping system, forcing that liquid to the surface.
Your Drains Are Slow
When the drains in your tub, shower, sink, or washing machine start taking longer than usual to drain water, it often means that your septic tank is getting full. This is one of the first signs you'll likely notice, so if you call a plumber to pump your tank when you first see your drains are less enthusiastic than normal, you aren't likely to experience other signs or problems.
Your Lawn Looks Amazing
Most people would love a lush, green lawn, but if things are looking surprisingly fertile in your lawn near the drain field, it's definitely time to get your septic tank pumped. As your tank fills up and sewage gets closer to the surface, it acts as a fertilizer, which amps up your lawn growth.
You Can't Get Away From the Odor
Sewage or sulfurous odors coming from your drains, toilets, or outside near your septic tank mean your tank is filling up and pushing odorous gases to the top where they escape into your lawn or through your drains into your home. This isn't an issue that you'll want to live with for long and you won't want the problem to get worse, so schedule a pumping as soon as you notice the stench.
It's important to have your septic tank pumped regularly, even if you don't notice any signs that it's getting full. Depending on how many people live in your home and how much water you use, you should expect to pump your tank every few years.
For more information, contact a plumber who offers septic services.