Do you remember the last time you had your septic tank serviced? If you can’t remember because too many years have gone by, consider scheduling a maintenance inspection today.

Warning Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Pumping

Most septic tanks require pumping every three to five years depending on the size of the tank and average water usage.

Common warning signs of an overflowing septic tank include:

Lingering Odor

A strange smell in your home or on your property that just won’t go away could signal a septic tank overflow.

Properly functioning sewer systems rely on bacteria to break down solid waste inside a septic tank. And while this bacteria effectively breaks down most of the solid waste, turning it into gas or sludge, some of the waste remains in a solid-state. Over time, the remaining solid waste can build up and cause an overflow.

Smells from solid waste do not suddenly go away. Contact a professional plumber to pump out this waste immediately to avoid a backup into your home. Plumbers have septic pumpers and other equipment that easily remove solid waste and wastewater from your tank.

Frequent Toilet and Drain Clogs

If your toilets, sinks, and bathtubs drain more slowly than usual or stop draining completely, you could have a clog somewhere in the sewer line. Frequent clogs can also indicate that your septic tank requires pumping.

If you’ve tried chemical drain cleaners or used a plunger to help clear your drains, but the drains quickly become clogged again, you should contact a plumber.

Only a full inspection of the sewer pipe and septic tank can reveal the issue – it’s much easier to remove a sewer line clog, or empty the septic tank now than to clean up a sewage backup, or replace the sewer line or septic tank later on.

Septic Tank Overflow

Visual signs of a septic tank overflow include water puddling around the tank and surrounding soil, or brown or yellow patches on your lawn.

Wastewater leaches out into the septic system drain field and surrounding soil regularly to help prevent an overflow. Normally, this happens slowly to prevent oversaturation. However, a septic tank full of solid waste can push this water out of the tank at a faster pace and cause wastewater to puddle.

Brown or yellow patches on your lawn could indicate the presence of bacteria and solid waste. Both pose serious health risks if left unattended.

Septic Tank Alarm

Newer septic systems feature an alarm that’s wired to your home that can alert you to a potential overflow.

Call a Professional Plumber

Don’t ignore these signs your septic tank needs pumping. Never try to fix septic tank issues yourself. Expert plumbers have septic pumpers and other equipment to clean out tanks and make the necessary repairs.

The Original Plumber provides plumbing services to residential and commercial customers throughout Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. We can quickly identify the problem and start making repairs on the same day. We’re open 7 days a week to serve you.