Regardless of what you may believe, septic tank pumping is not optional or a maintenance task you can put off. In fact, if you want to protect your home and your budget, you’ll need to make routine septic tank pumping a high priority. Not sure if your septic tank needs to be pumped? Follow these 4 steps:
- #1 Take Note of Bad Odors.
- One of the first warning signs that your septic tank is not functioning properly is the presence of foul odors coming from your drains. If you smell sewage or a “rotten egg” odor, call a professional as soon as possible. You may be overdue for a septic pumping and experiencing blocked drain lines.
- #2 Look for Damp Spots
- If you notice wet areas around your septic tank or sudden signs of plant life growing near your system, you may have a leakage in your septic tank. It may also indicate that your leach lines are overflowing. In either case, this may demand a quick septic pumping before further damage occurs.
- #3 Evaluate Slow Drains
- Don’t ignore super slow drains or toilets in your home. While they may be frustrating to deal with, they are typically a red flag that your septic tank is compromised. You may have damaged pipes or your tank may need professional pumping.
- #4 Listen For Gurgling Drains
- Much like slow drains, any abnormal sounds or gurgling coming from your sinks or bathtub drains can be your septic tank calling for help.
- #5 Check Your Calendar
- Last but not least, septic tank pumping should occur on a 3 to 5 year basis. A plumbing professional can give you a more accurate recommendation on timeframe based on the size of your septic tank and the number of occupants in your household. In general, if it has been over 5 years since your last septic tank pumping, you’ll need to get an appointment on the calendar as soon as possible.
At Metro Septic, we proudly offer affordable rates and timely service when it comes to septic tank plumbing and repairs. Call us today to ensure your plumbing system is in top working order.