Signs Of A Septic Tank Problem And Ways To Prevent A Backup

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If your home runs on a septic system, it is important that you are properly caring for your septic tank to ensure that you do not run into any problems. Failure to have your system pumped can lead to a backup of sewage in your home and your yard, which poses a health risk to you, your family, and others. 

The number of times you need to have your system pumped will depend on how many people live in your home, how many appliances your home uses, and the size of the tank. Typically, an average size tank only needs to be pumped every three to five years, according to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Signs of a Septic Tank Problem

If you are unsure of how to tell when your septic tank needs to be pumped, there are some tell-tale signs that will indicate you need to call a professional. 

First, one of the most common signs that your tank needs to be pumped is when the bathtub, sink, and toilet begin to backup for no reason. Sometimes, these fixtures also bubble, gurgle, or make noises when they are draining. You will notice that your tub and sink are also slow to drain. 

Next, you may notice an awful smell in the bathroom and around your plumbing fixtures. The smell is strong and you cannot get rid of it even with air fresheners. You may notice that the smell continues to get worse, especially after you use one of the fixtures. 

Next, you will immediately know there is a problem if you notice sewage in your home, bathtub, or in your yard. When a septic tank is not pumped, the sewage continues to buildup and eventually needs somewhere to go. 

Lastly, if your drainfield has new or large amounts of grass growing, this is an indication that there may be a leak. 

Avoid a Sewage Backup

You never want to experience a sewage backup as it is not fun, it makes a mess, and it poses a risk to your health. There are some ways that you can ensure you never have to experience one. 

1. You should have your tank pumped regularly. A septic tank professional can come out to your home and safely remove the sewage from your septic tank. Keeping up with routine pumping will ensure that a pending backup is not looming. 

2. Avoid placing items into your toilet that should not be there. You should never flush wipes, diapers, tampons, hair, or any other items down your toilet, other than toilet paper. If you flush any of these items, you run the risk of a clog, which can lead to a backup. 

Properly taking care of your septic tank and ensuring that it is pumped regularly can keep your home free from any sewage backups an prolong the life of your system. For more information, talk to a professional like All County Operations.

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