On average, nobody really thinks about their septic tank until they have an issue. Since tanks are underground, we don’t tend to pay attention to them until it’s too late. It’s recommended to have your septic tank pumped every 3-5 years. This is typical for a family of four. Sometimes, your tank has other plans. Does your tank need to be pumped? Here are some ways to determine.
The first thing you can look out for is pooling water. If you live in an area with a high precipitation rate, this may be normal. However, if you happen to see a large area of pooling on or around the drain field, your tank may be overfull. When this happens, waste can clog the drain field piping. These forces are liquid to the surface. If you see this, call a pumping company to have your tank serviced.
Slow drains can indicate a clog in your system. However, after you have tried unclogging your drains and they are still slow, this could be a sign your system is full. This is especially true if more than one drain is slow at once, or if your toilets are flushing slow. Along with this, you may detect a foul odor. You also may have grayish water coming from your taps. These are all signs of a full tank.
If the grass over your septic bed is particularly lush and green, you may have septic fluid leaching into your bed. This means either you have a leak or your tank needs pumping.
Septic tanks are good for the environment and also help you avoid local service charges. Keep in mind that whatever you put in your drains or toilets will end up in your septic system. To keep your system healthy, make sure all that is going down is human waste and toilet paper. To keep your system in top shape, schedule regular pumpings with Express Plumbing Heating & Air. Call us today!