When you live in a home with a septic system you may experience some unique challenges. Regularly scheduled septic tank pumping and inspections help to keep your septic system working optimally and catching any potential issues before they become a hassle. In general, it is recommended that a septic tank be pumped every 3-5 years, depending on the size of the tank, how many people are in the home, and the average amount of water usage. However, if you can’t remember the last time you had a septic tank pumping in Conyers GA, then it is possible that the septic tank is getting full. Here are 5 signs your septic tank is full.
1. Slow Drains
All the water waste from the home that goes down the drain or is flushed down the toilets passes through the septic tank for treatment. While the liquid waste floats at the top, solid wastes sink to the bottom and slowly build up over time. Liquid waste is treated and passes through to the drain field and leaches out underground and back into the ecosystem. If you notice a sink or bathtub is slower to drain than normal then it might be a sign that your septic tank is pretty full. When the tank is close to or already full, the wastewater going through the pipes may not be able to drain into the septic tank as quickly and efficiently as normal.
2. Odors Inside or Outside
If you start to notice odors in or around the drains inside the home, or outside near the septic tank or drain field, then this is a sign that the tank may be full. In general, the septic tank is able to process odorous gases while treating the wastewater. However, as the tank gets fuller, there is less room for these odors to pass through, so they may leak out around the septic tank drain or into the drain field. Sometimes odors are just sewage gases but other times the odor can be a sign of a sewage leak as well.
3. Sewage Backup
An unfortunate and unpleasant sign of a full tank is sewage backup. If you notice sewage is backing up when you try to flush the toilet or that a wastewater is coming back up from the drain then that is a sign it has nowhere to go. When the septic tank is full then a toilet flush or bathtub drain release will not be able to go anywhere until the tank is pumped. Sewage backup can do significant damage to your plumbing, causing clogs and affecting the integrity of the pipes. Sewage in the home can also pose a health risk so it should be addressed by immediately by professionals who do septic tank services.
4. Pooling Water
It is helpful to know where your septic tank is located, as well as your drain field on your property so you can keep an eye out for any potential issues. If you notice water that is pooling above where the septic tank is underground then this is a sign that the tank may be full to overflowing. When the water waste has nowhere to go it can leak out and end up pooling in the yard. This can also be a sign that the tank is full of solid waste leaving no room for the water waste to go other than up, where you’ll see water on the ground. Water can also pool around the drain field area as well.
5. Bright Green Grass
Oddly enough, another sign of a full septic tank can be if the grass above where the septic system is located is a brighter shade of green or looks much lusher than the rest of the yard. In general, the grass above your septic system should match that of the rest of the yard and your neighbors’ as well. Bright green grass is a sign of an overly-healthy area of lawn, which means it may be getting a bit more fertilizer than normal from septic leaks. When water waste leaks out because the tank is full it can go untreated and affect the sewage levels in the topsoil.
Regularly scheduled septic tank pumping can help you avoid some of the unpleasant signs and experiences that come with a full septic tank. When you schedule a septic tank pumping with the specialists at Septic Masters, LLC, you can expect a professional truck that will pump all the waste out of the septic tank. This will allow the tank to start fresh and also give the septic system specialists a chance to inspect the functioning of the septic system and identify any potential issues that could cause problems in the future. At Septic Masters, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for all your maintenance and emergency septic tank pumping needs. Contact us today!