Signs Your Septic System Needs Pumping


Septic systems typically last about 30 years. They are among the few things that make life easier, but you'll rarely ever think about them unless they start to fail. Your septic system will not last forever; you'll have to replace it after some time. however, you can avoid costly impending failure by looking for these signs. 

Visual Signs 

If you maintain your lawn as expected, it should be fairly even. However, if you notice that a patch or a few patches have begun flourishing, it could be a sign of septic system failure. That's because patches of lush grass are often a sign of septic effluent leaking to these areas. Septic effluent can be a strong fertilizer that will stimulate growth. Contact a plumber to examine your septic system. Also, check for puddles of effluent on your lawn. Check for soggy, moist, or overly mushy areas.  

Slow Draining Fixtures 

A slow draining system is often a warning sign of imminent failure. However, slow draining doesn't necessarily mean that you need to call in a professional. Sometimes, it's just a clog. If your bathtub is draining slowly, check if there is hair blocking the flow of greywater. 

If that's the only clog, you're good to go. However, if the issue is affecting all your fixtures, including your toilet and sinks, it's a sign of a bigger problem. 

Returning Flow

The two main culprits for returning flow are blocked pipes or a full tank. A clogged distribution line will limit the flow of wastewater to your septic tank. This typically happens when you try to flush things you're not supposed to flush down the toilet. For example, if someone tries to flush pads, diapers, wipes, or clothes, you'll encounter clogged septic. The second culprit is a full tank, and your only solution here is to call a plumber.

Strong Odor 

A foul odor is arguably the easiest tell-tale sign of a failing septic tank system. If every time you approach your home you're hit by a strong rotten egg-like smile, you know something is wrong. A septic system can be clean and shouldn't emit odors unless it's broken. You're likely to note such smells in your bathroom, kitchen, or any other place with a drain. You can also check your lawn. If you notice soggy areas, look out for overwhelming odors. 

Such situations can be a health hazard; thus, call a plumber to assess it and recommend pumping remedies. They can provide more information regarding septic cleaning services.


15 July 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!