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How to Tell When It's Time to Pump Your Septic Tank

Posted by ADB Septic on May 19, 2017

signs a septic tank needs to be pumpedIt’s the unpleasant aspect of homeownership that no one particularly enjoys talking about: your property’s septic tank, one of your home’s most important components.

You’re in for an unpleasant mess if you neglect your home’s method of waste removal. Fortunately, there are a few tell-tale signs that indicate your septic system is getting full, so you can schedule an appointment before matters get worse.

This post discusses a few signs that help homeowners tell when it's time to pump their septic system.

Pooling Water

While it may be common for areas of pooling water to form in your lawn after a heavy rain, if you’ve noticed a massive pool of water on or around your drain field, it’s cause for concern.

Here’s how it works: when your septic tank approaches capacity, solid waste can clog the drain field piping system, forcing liquid to the surface. If this is what you’re seeing on the lawn, consider having your septic system pumped.


Not only does a septic system collect waste, but it also gathers all the dirty water that runs off from showering, washing dishes and doing laundry. This can create an odorous mixture that will devastate noses across the neighborhood. So, if you catch a whiff of any nefarious odors in your yard, it may be time to act.


We we mentioned earlier, a full septic tank may lead to foul odors from household drains. In addition to some strange smells, the drain field and area above the tank may become incredibly lush, leading to green grass growth in the same areas. The sewage stink is a strong indicator that wastewater is backing up requiring a pump out of the septic tank sludge. The excessively lush grass growth results from grass plants taking up the nutrient-rich wastewater.

Sluggish Toilet & Washing Machine Performance. 

Sluggish performance from your washing machine or toilet may also be a significant sign that your tank needs to be emptied. When waste makes its way to a septic tank through your pipes, it’s separated once it its the tank and anything that can be liquified makes its way through to the drainage pit. All heavy particles sink to the bottom of the tank, where they remain as sludge. When the level of sludge builds up to a point where it may block the tank, it’s important that the septic tank is emptied.

What's the Cause of Septic Tank Problems?

Septic tanks are designed to dispose of human waste, toilet tissue and bathwater. Many homeowner's, against professional advice, continue to flush certain items down the toilet. Ultimately, dumping other things into toilets and drains can negatively affect the beneficial septic tank bacteria that helps to digest waste.

Destruction of beneficial bacteria greatly shortens the interval between septic tank pump outs and lead to premature septic system failure. If you need more information on the items that should not be flushed down your toilet, read one of our recent blog posts, "Septic System Overview: What Can I Flush Down the Toilet?"

ADB Septic | Septic Tank Pumping in CT

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.

If you have held off on getting your septic system pumped due to cost, don’t wait any longer. Call ADB Septic for a free estimate to discover how much it will cost to get your septic system back in tip-top shape.

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Topics: Septic Tank Maintenance, Septic Tank Pumping, Septic Tank Inspections

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