Septic Pump: 5 Telltale Signs It’s Time for Service


Septic Pump: 5 Telltale Signs It’s Time for Service

Knowing when it’s time for septic pump service can save you money and help you avoid major inconveniences associated with a failed septic system. Septic tank systems are used in rural areas that are void of a city sewage service. Normally, these city sewage services trap and treat household wastes such as effluent — gray water — and organic wastes. Periodically, you must hire a septic pump service professional in order to pump your system. This helps the system maintain efficiency and proper function.

Slow Drains

Slow draining sinks, tubs and toilets are a sure sign something is amiss with your plumbing system. This is especially true if all of your drains are acting up. The culprit could be as simple as a blockage in the main sewer line. However, slow drains can also signify that it’s time for a septic pump service.

Sewage Backups

A sewage backup is a major inconvenience requiring a messy cleanup that could also damage your home. When your septic system reaches capacity, it cannot handle any more waste. The sewage has nowhere to go but back into your home. If sewage backups start to occur on a regular basis, it is probably time for a septic pump service.

Foul Odors

As your septic tank system reaches capacity, foul-smelling solids can enter the shallow leach or drain field. If you notice sewage smells in close proximity of your leach field, you should call a plumber to inspect and/or service your septic system.

Gurgling Toilets

If you notice gurgling sounds or burping coming from your toilets when you bath or run the faucets, your septic tanks may have reached or is nearing reaching capacity.

Pooling Water

Your septic leach or drain field is a circuit of perforated pipes and gravel that allow the wastewater from your septic tank to drain harmlessly into the ground. If your septic tank reaches full capacity, solid waste particles can enter and clog the drain field causing the wastewater to rise and pool on the surface.

These efficient systems can provide years of uninterrupted waste treatment but do require service from time to time. Failing to maintain your septic system properly can lead to total failure and damage to the drain field—and the drain field is crucial in its overall function. If you experience any of the things mentioned above, contact your plumber as soon as possible to avoid additional damage to your septic tank system.

For more answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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