If your home utilizes a septic system it is imperative that you take good care of the septic tank. The septic tank is the central player in a cast of characters which allow you to flush wastewater away from your home so that it can be filtered and naturally disposed of. Because many septic tanks are buried underground behind the houses where they are in use, it's easy to forget about them. However, if you have a tank and don't make it a priority, the aftermath might be more than what you bargained for. Read through the information below so you'll be able to read the signs that it's time to have your septic tank pumped out.
Standing Water Starts To Pool Around Your House
Having to slosh through standing water that has pooled up in your yard isn't necessarily the most thrilling activity in the world. It's bad enough having to worry about messing up your shoes or having your feet drenched in the liquid. The situation actually gets much worse when the pooling process is the result of your septic tank. The water will most likely have an intensely foul smell that can be detected even when you're inside of the house.
You can normally tell that the water is coming from your septic tank by checking out the weather. If it has been a particularly dry season and you haven't had to endure much rain, there really shouldn't be a lot of water pooling around your house. Even if it does rain the soil is there to absorb the liquid so that flooding won't occur. When your septic tank is full, the soil is so saturated that it can no longer perform this soaking action and the water will simply stand there.
Wastewater Backs Up In Your Drains
You should also pay close attention to the water that is in your sinks and toilets. If you start to notice that the water in your toilet bowl is discolored or find that water begins to come up through the drains when you're running your faucet, there's a good chance that your septic tank has reached capacity and needs to be pumped out immediately.
Keeping your septic tank clean and empty helps you maintain order in your world. If these symptoms become a problem let a qualified septic tank specialist take a look at it and get it pumped out for you.
It isn't always easy to know where to start when it comes to household maintenance, but a few years ago I realized I needed a new septic system. We were having a problem with our drains draining properly, so we turned to some experts for some help. They walked us through every aspect of the plumbing process, and within a few days, we were having a brand new septic tank installed. It was great to see just how much better things ran when the septic was working, and this blog is evidence of how much something like that can help.