Septic tanks are reliable and remarkably trouble-free when they are kept in good repair. One of the most important aspects of septic maintenance is regular pumping to keep it clear. But what are the signs that your Warrenton, VA, septic tank is full?
The experts here at SES say the best approach is to arrange scheduled pumping. This might mean annually, or once every two or three years, depending on how many people live at your house and are using your system.
But there are also certain indicators that will let you know it is time for a clean out. SES has come up with a list of 5 signs that it’s time to schedule a tank pumping, 2 indoors and 3 outdoors.
The most obvious is a sewer backup in your home. This type of thing is so gross, so messy, so smelly, and so unsanitary that is impossible to miss. It usually starts in the basement around a floor drain or as part of the plumbing. Then it shows up on upper floors in the bathroom, and in sinks and tubs. This situation makes the house unhealthy for you and your family. Call SES immediately to arrange for the septic tank to be cleaned out.
Are you continually buying products and tools to help get rid of clogs, but they don’t work? That’s one of the signs that your Warrenton, VA, septic tank is full. Get your tank emptied out, which deals with the actual source of the problem. Your drains will start to run efficiently again.
Outside, check for bad odors around your drain field. When your tank is over capacity, wastewater gets pushed out into the soil. The gray water from sinks, tubs and dishwashers combines with black water from toilets. And it doesn’t smell good! Clean out your tank and the problem will disappear.
Another sign outside is grass that is noticeably healthier than the lawn in the rest of your yard. It means wastewater is spilling out into the soil and fertilizing the grass over the tank. The cause is either a tank too full or a leak. A technician can pump the tank and check for leaks on the same visit.
The third sign you might notice in your drain field is the presence of puddles even when it hasn’t rained. This is wastewater that leaches out of a tank that is too full. Get it pumped out and your puddles will disappear.
SES has been helping the local community since 1987. We can help with all aspects of septic systems, including:
Call SES today to find out the signs that your Warrenton, VA, septic tank is full and to schedule a clean out.