It's important to maintain your septic system to keep it in working condition and to discover problems before they occur. Having your septic tank pumped every 2 years (or yearly if your system is older) can prevent some of the issues below. Read more to discover some signs to watch out for to know when to contact us:
1. Sewage backing up into toilets and/or showers
The most obvious sign that you are having septic issues is sewage or water backing up into toilets and/or your showers. This means that your septic tank has reached maximum capacity and is full. When this happens, you will need to have your septic tank pumped.
2. Odors (and not the good kind)
If your toilets aren't overflowing yet but you notice some really horrible smells coming from your bathroom or yard, then this is a sign your septic tank could be full or close to full. Your septic system collects all the water from your home not just your toilets. The daily usage of water (washing dishes and doing laundry, taking baths and showers, flushing toilets) all flow into your septic tank. When the tank begins to fill up, there's nowhere for it to go except back up, but first come the smells. If this should happen, then you should be proactive and have your tank pumped. Don't wait for a backup issue to happen. It's a lot easier to spray some Febreeze than it is to clean up after your overflowing toilets.
3. Slow drains
Sometimes this is a tricky one. Is it your pipes? Or is it your septic tank? Don't rule out that it's not your pipes if you're on septic. First try unclogging your drains or toilets. It could just be a clog or a running toilet. Another sign that would indicate septic issues is if all of your drains are slow and/or all of your toilets flush slowly. Typically if it's a plumbing issue you will only see slowness in one toilet or drain and not in multiple areas of the home at once. However, if they remain slow even after unclogging measures, such as using drain cleaner (septic safe, of course) or a snake, the system may be full and it's time to call us.
4. Pools of water
We expect pooling water after a heavy rain, especially here in Florida with our afternoon summer showers. But areas of water pooling in your lawn around your drain field is a sign that your septic system is full and overflowing. When your tank reaches capacity, solid waste can clog the drain field piping system and force liquid to the surface, so if this is what you see on the lawn, it's best to have your tank pumped and drain field assessed.
5. A very green area of your lawn
The grass over your drain field should look the same as grass elsewhere on your lawn. If it appears overly green and lush in that area, this could indicate your septic system is overflowing and liquids are seeping to the surface and fertilizing your lawn. Good for your grass but not for your toilets.
6. Septic System Age
How long does a septic system last? This is a case by case basis and dependent upon following recommendations below to maintain your septic system by having it pumped regularly. The older the septic system, the more likely it is time to have it replaced. The above issues are indicators of problems due to age. Give us a call if you have any questions regarding this topic.
7. Roots, Cars and Pools
Oak trees and other large trees can cause issues with your septic system. In particular your drain field. If you are doing some landscaping, DO NOT plant trees or large bushes near your septic system. Roots love your drain field. Why? There's constant water flow going there. These roots (even though they may be small) cause interruptions in the way your water flows in your drain field. If you already have a mature tree near your drain field, you might want to have it removed and your drain field inspected. You should also never put any kind of structure or park your car on your drain field. These structures include, but are not limited to patios, drive ways, stand up and in-ground pools, etc. All of the above symptoms are qualifiers for drain field issues. We offer inspections if you are unsure about the health of your drain field. So give us a call to schedule.
If one or more of these signs are happening to you, call us to help. We are always here to answer any questions and to assist you and address any of your concerns. BE PROACTIVE! Have your tank pumped every couple of years or every year if it is an older system. Always use septic safe paper products and cleaners and never put grease down your drains or flush baby wipes (even if they say septic safe). Grease becomes solid when it cools and can stick to your septic tank pipes and lines causing clogs and can be very costly to fix. Just remember that anything you put down the drain goes into your septic tank.
Give us a call today to schedule your maintenance septic tank pumping so one of these situations don't happen to you.