Do you know how often you need to have your septic tank serviced?
Depending on the number of people in your household and the type of use your septic system gets, your average household septic system will need to be serviced every two years. But your system may require servicing more or less frequently. So what are the telltale signs you need to give Supeck Septic Services a call?
Here are the top five symptoms of a septic system in need of a check-up.
Slow or Gurgling Drains
Are your drains talking to you? A slow sink may be an indication that you’ve got a clog somewhere in the pipes. If you suspect a clog, avoid the chemical-laden declogging products available on the market and opt for a well-made plunger and an auger for cleaning out your pipes. If you’ve addressed your clogs and all your sinks and toilets are draining slowly, it’s a surefire sign that your septic system is becoming overloaded and you need to have it pumped.
One of the first signs your septic system is overflowing is pooling water in and around the drain field in your lawn. A properly functioning septic system will keep the wastewater underground until it’s worked its way through the filtration system. But when a septic system’s drain field pipes become clogged with solid waste, wastewater collects and rises to the surface of your drain field. Pooling water after a heavy rain should be watched to make sure it is absorbed relatively quickly, but if the weather has been dry and you have pooling water in your yard, you need to give us a call!
If a septic system is doing its job properly, you won’t notice any foul sewage odors in and around your home. One of the early signs of a failing septic system is the heavy odor of sewage creeping back into your home or lingering outside around your drain field. Odors may be a sign that one of the vents in your system needs to be replaced, or it may be a sign your septic system is full and needs to be pumped. Foul sewage odors around your septic system should never be ignored.
One of the more disgusting signs your septic system is full and needs to be serviced is black, sludgy sewage backing up into your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets. Typically, this happens when the septic tank is so full the sludge has nowhere else to go but back into your house. Not only is this sign enough to turn your stomach, but it’s actually a bit hazardous to your health. If you see sewage backing up into your house, it’s cause to drop everything you’re doing and give Supeck Septic Services a call.
Lush Grass Above the Drain Field
We love a plush, carpet-like lawn just as much as the next person. However, if you notice an area of your lawn suddenly appearing healthier and plusher than the rest of your lawn, especially if that grass is near your drain field, it’s absolutely time to give Supeck Septic Services a call. Lush grass above a septic drain field is generally caused by an overloaded system’s wastewaters rising and leaching excess nitrogen into your surrounding lawn. The grass may be greener, but what lies beneath is certainly not!