Is it Time to Pump My Septic Tank?

If it has been three years or longer since you last had your septic tank pumped, it is likely time to do so. Septic systems should be inspected annually and the tank should be pumped every three years. Express Septic Services can help you maintain your tank and drain field to ensure they always operate as they should. Here are signs that the tank is full and needs to be pumped as soon as possible.

Unpleasant Odors

Sewage odors coming up from your drains are a definite indication that the tank is too full. You might also smell these odors outside around the tank if it has cracked and is leaking or is overflowing. Sometimes, the sewage odors can make their way into the drain field, as well.

Pooling Water

Another sign your septic tank is leaking is pooling water around the tank. Even if the area is just unusually damp, this is an indication that there is a problem with the septic tank or drain field. This can turn into an environmental nightmare, so have the tank inspected ASAP.

Gurgling Noises

Gurgling drains and toilets are an indication that the tank is full and on the verge of backing up into your home. If the toilet empties slowly, this, too, can point to a full tank. If you ignore these telltale sounds, you may end up with raw sewage coming up through all of your households drains.

Yard Overgrowth

If your yard flora and weeds are growing like crazy around the septic system, you’ve got natural fertilizer and water seeping out of the tank and drain field, respectively. Again, this can create a hazardous waste issue in your yard that can be very expensive to rectify. An immediate inspection is in order.

Waste Backup

As we briefly mentioned above, once the tank is full and the waste has nowhere else to go to, it will back up into your home through the drains and toilets. This creates a horrible and dangerous mess, as human waste is toxic and contains harmful bacteria to which you do not want your family exposed.

Express Septic Services in Greenville, SC, is here to help with all of your septic system needs, so call us today to set up an appointment. We’d be happy to inspect your septic system and pump the tank if necessary. If the drain field is also having problems, we can fix them. You don’t need to look any further for your septic system maintenance and repair.

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