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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

How To Know If Your Septic Tank Is Long Overdue For A Pump

by Cathy Lewis

It is incredibly important to make sure that your septic tank is pumped as often as needed. However, if you have just acquired a piece of land with a septic tank or you are mistaken about when the last septic tank pumping was done, you will want to keep reading. The following signs of overdue septic tank pumping will help you know when it is time to call for professional pump services.

There Is A Smell In The Air

This is one of those signs that would be hard for you to overlook unless you really tried to. The smell of raw sewage is not something you will soon forget once you have had a chance to smell it for yourself. Once you start to smell it, it is likely to become a stronger odor as each day passes. If you have nearby neighbors, they might be able to start smelling it too, especially if their home is located downwind from you. If you start to smell sewage, it is likely that is has started to seep out of the tank and it is soaking your yard.

The Water Won't Drain Out Of Your Sinks Quickly

If you have started to notice that there is some slowing down of the draining of sinks, tubs, and toilets in your home, the problem could be an overflowing tank. If the tank is long overdue for a clean out, it is likely that there is not a lot of room for the water to go when you try sending it down the drain pipes. It might have to drain out of your house slowly as more septic waste is pushed from the tank and out into your yard. Once you notice that all of the drains in the house are slow to move, you will want to get in contact with a septic tank specialist. They will examine the situation and pump the tank if needed.

With those points in mind, you should have no trouble determining if the septic tank pumping is long overdue. All you will have to do now is do a little research to see which companies in your area can get the tank cleaned out and do so as soon a possible. After all, the longer you wait, the worse the problem can become. It would be best to simply refrain from using any drain in the home until the overflowing tank issue has been resolved.