If you’re having plumbing problems, it might be related to your septic system. But it can be confusing, trying to sort out what is causing your troubles. SES often gets calls from property owners who aren’t sure if they need maintenance work.
If you aren’t sure of the signs that your Prince William County, VA, septic tank is full, we can help. Our experts have come up with a list of 5 indicators that mean the trouble is probably caused by a too-full septic tank.
The first indicator is impossible to miss. If you have a sewer backup into your home, your tank needs to be pumped. And immediately. A backup will start with the drains and plumbing in your basement, then show up in the bathroom and sinks upstairs. It is disgusting, it stinks, it makes a major mess. And worst of all, it is unsanitary and unhealthy. You and your family can’t safely live in a house with a sewer backup. Call SES as soon as you realize what’s happening. A technician will come out right away and pump your tank.
Another sign in the house is chronically slow running drains and toilets. Are you buying products and equipment to fix clogs, but they just don’t do any good? It probably means your tank is over capacity and needs to be cleared out. Once you do, your drains will return to normal.
Outside, there are 3 major signs that your tank should be pumped. Is the grass in your drain field lush and fast growing compared to the rest of your lawn? It indicates that wastewater is overflowing from the tank into the surrounding soil and fertilizing your grass. When the technician pumps the tank, he will also check for leaks.
Do you notice bad smells when you walk in your drain field? The wastewater from your septic tank is a combination of black water from the toilets and gray water from sinks, tubs, the clothes washer and the dishwasher. When this wastewater is pushed out of a tank that is at capacity, it creates the unpleasant odors. Once you pump out the tank, the problem will go away.
Do you have puddles around your drain field even if it hasn’t rained? This is caused by water overflowing from a septic tank that is too full. When you clean out the tank, the puddles will disappear.
SES has been helping property owners in the local area since 1987. We can help you with all your septic system needs, including:
Call SES today to ask about signs that your Prince William, VA, septic tank is full and to arrange for a pumping.