While many homeowners know that they need to pump out their septic tanks, studies by septic cleaning professionals show that few of them do so at the right time which results in problems. If you are a new homeowner and you don’t know when to pump out your tank, here are signs that you should look out for:
If you walk outside and it smells like cow pasture, your system has a problem that you should address. The problem can be brought about by clogged drains or a system that hasn’t been cleaned for a long time. You should call a septic specialist to inspect the system and recommend the best way of fixing it.
Pooling of water in the drain field
It’s common for water pools to form after a long rain but if it hasn’t rained and there is water in your field, you should inspect the sludge levels in the tank. The law of physics state that when the water levels in the tank get high, the water is pushed up to the surface. You should note that sometimes the problem is due to damage to the drain field; therefore, before you hire the cleaning company, ask a contractor first to determine the cause of the problem.
This is the most obvious sign of a filled up septic system. When you are washing the dishes or taking showers, you should pay close attention to your drains. If they are slow, there is a clog that you should address as soon as possible. You should inspect the drain first and get rid of any clogs that might be there. If you remove all the clogs and still the drains are slow, you should take a look at the level of sludge in your tank. If the levels are too high, you should consider cleaning the tank.
You have stayed too long without cleaning the tank
When is the last time you cleaned your septic tank? If you have stayed more than 3 years, you should highly consider pumping it out. Sewer and drain cleaning professionals recommend that you pump out the tank at least once every 3-5 years; therefore, if you have stayed longer than this and you have been having issues with the tank, it’s time to pump it out.
These are the signs you should look out for when deciding whether it’s time to pump out your septic tank. For ideal results, work with a reputable drain contractor.