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Signs a Septic Tank Needs to be Pumped

Updated on October 16, 2017

Septic systems are usually a new thing for people who are moving from a city or town to the country. Everyone has seen an above-ground tank here and there while driving down the road, but owning a home that uses a septic system is completely different. It means that homeowners have to learn all about their new plumbing and all the little rules that go with it.

One of the most important things to learn is how to tell when the septic system needs pumping. If it isn’t pumped on time, it can back up into the yard or the entire system could fail, resulting in having to replace the entire system.

Having a Septic System Checked

Most homeowners have their septic tanks checked on a regular basis. After a few years, you'll begin to predict how often the tank needs to be pumped. Until homeowners get to that point, they should have their tank checked regularly so that they can get it pumped when it needs it. Septic tank professionals can usually give homeowners a rough estimate as to how long they have before it will need to be pumped.

The Drains Are Backing Up or Draining Slowly

When a septic tank needs to be pumped, the drains may start to back up. This will usually happen with the drains that are lowest in the house first. For example, if there is a toilet in the bathroom, it may start to randomly back up.

If this is because the tank needs to be pumped, nothing will stop this from happening except for emptying the tank. Until it gets pumped, these problems will just get worse.

If the Yard Is Soggy or Smells Bad

One of the reasons that most people opt out of fixing their own septic tank is because they cannot deal with the smell. That should give you an idea of just how bad it can get. If the yard smells bad, it could be a sign that the septic tank is not working properly. Another telltale sign is if there are pools of water in the yard. It may mean that the system has a clog somewhere, it is not draining properly, or it needs to be pumped.

© 2017 Amber Lynn

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