Learning About Septic Repair Techniques

Signs Your Septic Tank Needs To Be Pumped

When you have a septic system in your home, you know that your septic tank needs to be pumped. This is an important part of maintaining it. However, it can be hard knowing when it is time to pump it. Here are some signs that it is time to pump the septic tank.

There Are Clogs and Slow Drains

Having frequent plumbing issues in your home, such as drains that always seem to be slow or clogs that keep coming back is often a sign of a septic tank needing to be pumped. If you had a regular sewer plumbing system, you would have a plumbing contractor check the sewer line and clear the source of the clog. However, with a septic system, the tank is usually the culprit. Contact a plumber if you can't seem to get rid of a clog in your shower, sinks, or toilet, and they will likely pump the tank and check the pipes for you.

Sewage is Backing Up In Your Home

Aside from clogs and slow drains, you may also be dealing with sewage backing up into your plumbing fixtures. The sewage is often a dark black or brown color, and comes back up the drains of your sink or bathtub. This is often from a septic tank that is too full to handle all the waste, so the sewage goes back up the pipes and into these fixtures. You may also notice sewage in the toilet after flushing, though it is more common in tubs and sinks. Make sure you call a plumber right away as this can cause permanent damage to the plumbing fixtures.

There Are Bad Odors

You should also call a plumber to pump the septic tank if you have bad odors, either inside or outside your home. Every time you use any plumbing fixture in your home, including the bathtub and shower, sink, toilet, and washing machine, the water and waste goes through the septic system and into the tank. The water is drained into the field outside of the tank, but the waste remains in the tank. Over time, this leads to some bad odors, especially if it starts filling up and overflowing. Make sure you get the tank pumped regularly. If there is a foul smell, call a plumber specializing in septic tanks.

You Have Soggy Areas in the Drain Field

When the septic tank starts to fill up with waste, that sludge might overflow and leak out into the drain field. If you have soggy or wet areas in the field outside the septic tank, it is likely from the septic tank needing to be pumped.

To learn more, contact a septic tank services company like S & S Pumping