It can be hard to tell when you need to call for maintenance for your septic system. What are the signs that your Leesburg, VA, septic tank is full? It can be confusing trying to sort out plumbing problems from those caused by a tank over capacity.
Here at SES, we often get calls from homeowners who just aren’t sure if they need to schedule a clean out. That’s why we’ve put together a simple list of 5 indicators that will help you figure out whether or not it’s the tank.
Look outside at your drain field. Three indicators will show up there very clearly. First, is the grass over the septic tank much more lush looking than the rest of your lawn? It probably means that water is overflowing out of the tank because it is so full, though it might also indicate a leak. Have SES pump the tank. The technician who does the job will also check for a leak.
Another sign is puddles in the drain field, even when the weather is dry. The cause is water flowing out of the tank because the sludge inside is taking up all the room. Once you get the tank emptied out, the pooling will go away.
A third pointer to a full tank is an unpleasant odor. The wastewater from the septic tank consists of black water from toilets as well as gray water from sinks, dishwashers, clothes washers and sinks. Together, they can make the air above the tank smell pretty bad. Once you get the tank cleaned out, the stink will go away.
Inside your house, there are two major signs that your Leesburg, VA, septic tank is full. Do you keep trying new products and tools to correct slow moving drains and toilets? And nothing works for long? The problem is probably a full tank. Get it pumped and your drains will start running efficiently.
You can’t miss the worst indicator—a sewer backup in your home. It will first show up around drains and plumbing in the basement, then work its way up to the bathrooms and sinks upstairs. It smells terrible, it looks gross, is makes a mess, and it is unhealthy and unsanitary. You need to take immediate action when you’re dealing with a backup. Call SES right away so we can pump your tank and make your home safe again for your family.
SES has been helping septic system owners just like you since 1987. We’re experts with the entire process, including:
Call SES today to find out the signs that your Leesburg, VA, septic tank is full and to scheduled a pump-out.