It is not always easy to know when your septic system needs to be emptied. Unfortunately, some homeowners wait until it's too late to schedule septic pumping. In this case, you might need to seek emergency services if you only have a few hours before you experience severe septic system problems. This piece will discuss signs that you need emergency septic pumping services.
1. Water Pooling in Your Yard
If you ever wake up to find a pool of raw sewage in your yard, you certainly need an emergency service. This often indicates that your septic tank is overflowing and the leach field is overwhelmed. You might also find traces of solid waste near the drain field, suggesting that it is malfunctioning and needs to be repaired. The specialists will empty the tank and undertake repairs to restore the normal function of the septic system.
2. Septic Alarm Warning
Some homeowners find septic alarms useful because they warn that the tank is almost full and needs emptying. It may also go off due to a leak or improper use of the tank. If you aren't sure why the alarm just went off, you undoubtedly need urgent services. The specialists will check the level of effluent. If it's too high, they will empty the tank. In case of a leak, the specialists will have to pump the tank to inspect the tank and repair the damage. Don't ignore the septic alarm since it warns you of impending septic system problems.
3. High Nitrate Concentration in Well Water
If you have a water well on your property, you'll need to get the water tested often. High nitrate levels in water may indicate cross-contamination from your septic tank. An overflowing tank will release untreated water into the soil, where it could seep and contaminate groundwater in the well. This may cause severe health issues. Therefore, contact the septic specialists for timely intervention if the tests confirm that your water has a high nitrate concentration.
4. Slow Water Drainage
When your tank is full, it can no longer accommodate more wastewater. You'll notice that the toilet doesn't flush or that the water levels in the bowl are too high. Water in the sink or bathtub might fail to drain completely. If left unaddressed, you might experience septic backup that leaves your home with an unpleasant smell. This is a clear sign that you need urgent septic inspection and pumping services.
The best time to empty your septic tank is before you experience backup or septic system inconveniences. Unfortunately, it is easy to forget about your pumping schedules. Seek emergency septic system pumping to prevent septic backup if you suspect your septic system needs urgent attention.
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.