If you own a home with a septic system, you probably know that pumping out your tank regularly is one of the most important aspects of maintenance. However, many septic system owners do not know the exact frequency at which you should pump your tank. Although it can vary due to a variety of factors, in general your tank should be pumped every 3-5 years. If you’re wondering whether it’s time to pump your septic tank, we’ve compiled a list of signs that indicate your tank is in need of a pumping.
Pooling Water in Your Yard
When your tank has reached capacity, liquid waste can begin to seep out of your tank. Your drain field will then become overworked, meaning it will not be able to process and dispose of wastewater properly. The result of this issue is the pooling of wastewater in your yard, especially above your drain field. If you notice pooling in your yard that does not follow heavy rain, it might be time to pump your septic tank.
Septic Odors in Your Yard or Drains
When your septic tank reaches capacity, it will begin to leak sewage. The result of this leakage will be foul odors coming from your yard. A full septic tank can also leak to sewage backing up your pipes or creating clogs that will dry out your pipes. In these cases, you might experience foul odors in your home as well. If you notice odors coming from your yard or your drains, it’s probably time to pump your septic tank.
When wastewater seeps out of the septic tank, it will often act as fertilizer. The result of this seepage is exceptionally lush grass in your yard. If you notice particularly lush patches of grass, especially around the drain field, it’s probably the result of waste seeping out of your tank. When your tank leaks, you should get it pumped immediately.
Poor Drainage and Backups
When your septic tank is full, your system does not dispose of waste and wastewater efficiently. When this issue occurs, you might notice your drains working inefficiently. If your drains are draining slowly or your toilet is flushing slowly, your septic system might be the issue. Because a full septic tank can also lead to wastewater traveling back up your pipes, you might notice water bubbling up in your drains. If poor drainage or backups are accompanied by other warning signs, you probably need to pump your septic tank.
Time Since Last Pumping
One of the best ways to know that it’s time to pump your septic tank is to know when it was last pumped. Septic tanks need to be pumped roughly every 3-5 years. There are a few factors to impact the necessary frequency of pumping. The size of your household, the number of bathrooms, the number of facilities in your home using water (eg. dishwashers, washing machines, etc.), and the frequency of rainfall in your area can all affect the frequency of pumping. You can use these factors to determine how often you should pump your tank. Then, if you know the last time your tank was pumped, you can determine when it should be pumped next to avoid any issues.
Time of the Year
Winter is the most difficult time to pump your septic tank. The cold weather freezes the ground, making it difficult to dig for the tank. The snow can also make it difficult to dig for the tank. For this reason, if your tank hasn’t been pumped in a while, you should get it done before the weather gets too cold. Pumping your tank before the thick of winter will help you avoid costly repairs and a difficult pumping process later on.
ADB Septic | CT Septic Tank Pumping
A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, basement waterproofing, drains, and more.
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