What You Need to Know About Septic Tank Pumping


Septic systems are different from city sewer systems. In most homes, when you flush the waste down a sewage drain, it goes to a water treatment center. This is different if you have a septic tank because when waste is flushed down the drain, it's held in a tank until you call a septic pumping service to empty it. 

Remember, the septic tank size, the number of people in your home, and what you're flushing down the toilet will help you determine the ideal time to summon septic tank pumping services. Other indications to tell you when to call a septic system pumping service are as follows.

Foul Odor

A full septic tank causes foul odors in your home. If you notice a strange smell from your drains, the sewage may have backed up. However, though the sewage may have backed up past the P-trap below your sink, it may have not yet excited your sink.

Since plumbing clogs can cause this foul odor, you might not need septic tank pumping. Nevertheless, the best way to rule out plumbing clogs is to call a plumber. In most cases, a foul odor in your lawn around the drain field is caused by an overfilled tank. The major cause of the problem is excess waste escaping from the tank.

Green Lawn Over Drain field

When a septic tank is functioning properly, the lawn above shouldn't look better than the surrounding yard. Therefore, this noticeable difference is a red flag. This happens because the grass is getting extra fertilizer in the form of excessive waste liquid. 

Another condition is stagnant water. The drain field is just below your lawn. It's where liquid waste is released to get rid of impurities in the tank and slow down the rate at which it gets full. When there's stagnant water in your lawn, the best explanation is an oversaturated drain field. This causes waste to float to the surface. If you experience this in your drain field, call a plumber to inspect the septic system to avoid a hazardous situation.

Pumping Boosts Efficiency

If your septic tank isn't leaking and there are no weird smells, it doesn't mean it's functioning properly. Sometimes you need to pump the septic tank even when it's in good condition. This is because it's a preventative measure, and it helps improve the overall efficiency of your system.

It's important to pump your tank to prevent problems in the future. Waiting too long before pumping can cause slow draining. This is one of the many signs it's time to pump your septic tank. For more information about septic pumping, contact a local plumber near you to learn more.


28 June 2021

Fast Facts and Deep Insights: Septic Edition

As you read the articles on this website, you will notice two things. First, they are all about septic services in some ways. Second, some go deep — and others are full of more surface-level facts. This is kind of like your septic system itself! The tank is buried deep, but the drain field is more superficial. You don't have to be an expert on septic systems, but as someone who owns one, you should at least know how to tell when something is wrong with yours so you can call for service. You'll get that level of understanding from this blog — and probably more!