How You Can Tell When It's Time To Clean Your Septic Tank


A septic tank is one of the most important appliances in any home.  It holds the wastewater that comes from the sinks, showers and toilets in your house and essentially treats it in a natural way by containing it until the liquids and solids separate.  This is good for your home and the environment.  However, although a septic tank plays such a major role in residential living, it can be easy to neglect because it's usually buried beneath the ground.  The tank could be full and need to be cleaned out but you won't know it if you're not aware of the signs.  Use this information to learn more about how you can tell when it's time to have your septic tank cleaned and drained

Follow Your Nose

One of the telltale signs that it's time to clean out your septic tank can be detected by following your nose.  If you begin to notice a foul smell in and around your house, this could mean that your septic tank is the culprit.

Understand that it takes some time for the liquids and solids in your tank to fully separate.  The wastewater remains in the tank the entire time while the sifting process occurs.  If you have excessive usage of the drains in your home the tank could fill up before it has a chance to empty itself of treated water.  This backlog could be the reason why you're starting to notice an unpleasant smell around your premises.

When you find that there is an odor around your house no matter how much you clean, disinfect and attempt to deodorize with various products, don't neglect it.  Call in a septic tank professional who can evaluate your appliance to find out if it needs to be drained and cleaned immediately.

Your Sinks Take Longer To Empty

Another sign that you should have your septic tank cleaned out is when you notice that it's starting to take a much longer time for your sinks to empty.  The situation could become so bad that there is even standing water in your sinks.  What this could mean is that your tank is full and needs to be emptied to make room for more wastewater.

Heeding the signs that your septic tank is filled to capacity is the key to avoiding further issues.  If any of these signs crops up, call in the services of a septic tank cleaning professional without delay.

About Me

new to owning a home with a septic system

When my husband approached me with the idea of moving out of the city, I was pretty excited. He told me that he had found the perfect house that was out in the country, so we went to check it out. A few months later, we closed on the house and began moving in. Since we were so used to city water and sewage, we had no idea why the yard would have become a swampy mess and smelled like raw sewage. After talking with the neighbor, we found out that there had been septic issues in the past and that we had to call a service. If you share a lack of knowledge about septic systems, our blog can help you learn what we learned the hard way.

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