How to Tell if Your Septic Tank Needs to be Pumped



A septic tank is one of the components of a septic system that is used to manage wastewater that your home generates. In order for your tank to function properly you’ll need to have it pumped out after a certain period of time. Most tanks need to be pumped after two to five years but this varies depending on the tank and the number of people in your household. The following are the ways in which you can tell when it’s time to pump your tank.

1. Unpleasant smells

If you find that there is an unpleasant smell around your yard it may be an indication that your septic tank is full. The combination of all the waste water from the house creates an odor when it overflows from the tank.

2. Pool of water above the septic system

When your septic tank is full, the water and waste will be pushed to the surface forming large puddles. The grass in the drain yard will appear greener than the rest since its receiving waste water from the leaking tank.

3. Slow drains and backing up of waste

When it comes to septic tank plumbing, every part of the septic tank system will begin to display signs when the tank is full. Sinks, toilets and showers will begin to drain slowly. Toilets in particular will have a gurgling sound while flushing. Washing machine pipes and dishwasher pipes will also take a long time to drain water. These are signs of a full or clogged septic tank. If you do not empty your tank on time, the waste will start backing up through your drain pipes and fill your home with solid waste and a foul smell.

4. Checking tank levels

When you open the lid of the tank you’ll observe the levels of the sludge and scum that has accumulated. Depending on the level you’ll be able to determine whether or not it needs to be emptied.

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