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Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

When I purchased a home on the outskirts of town, I was pretty nervous about using a septic system. I imagined muddy, sewage-filled landscaping and toilets that wouldn't flush. However, after I did a little research, I realized that septic care is easy if you stay on top of it. The purpose of my blog is to help others to understand the intricacies of caring for their septic systems, so that you can tackle problems early. With a little attention and maintenance, your septic tank can plug along problem free for many years to come. Save this blog as a resource so that you aren't left guessing later.

Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

3 Signs That Your Home's Septic Tank Needs To Be Pumped

by Cathy Lewis

When you own a home with a septic system, you need to pay a little bit more attention to your household's waste management needs. A septic system in good repair does an excellent job of disposing household waste, but it is essential to have the septic tank pumped to avoid major problems.

Septic tanks should be inspected on a regular basis, and part of a septic tank inspection includes checking the waste level of the septic tank. However, septic tank waste levels can change as household waste increases, and a tank may need to be pumped in advance of an inspection. Some of the common signs that your home's septic tank needs to be pumped include:

Foul Odors

If your home has a septic system, the pipes in the house are connected to the septic tank. In most cases, people won't have to think much about their septic tank, and it won't have any problems. However, as waste levels reach the top of a septic tank and the tank needs to be pumped, bad smells from the septic tank can flow through the pipes and waft through drains. In the event that you being to smell foul odors emitting from the drains of the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or the tubs/showers in your home, it is important to have your septic tank pumped as soon as possible.

Pools of Water in the Drain Field

A septic system consists of a septic tank and a drain field. Solid waste is partially broken down in the septic tank, and the rest has to be pumped out. The drain field is designed to safely dispose of liquid waste. If your septic tank is near its capacity and needs to be pumped, you may begin to notice pools of standing water in your drain field. This can be caused by pipes that are attached to the drain field being clogged with solid waste. Never ignore pooling water in your drain field—it indicates a significant problem, and in many cases the issue is due to a septic tank that needs to be pumped.

Sewage Back Up

One of the most obvious and nastiest signs that your septic tank needs to be pumped is a sewage back up. When a septic tank reaches capacity, there is no where for waste to go. This can result in sewage rising up from sink, toilet, and shower/tub drains. When there is a sewage back up, you need emergency septic tank pumping services to rectify the problem.

For more information, contact companies like Mountain Valley Pumping.