It’s easy to forget about your septic tank, despite how important it is to your daily life. Even if you rarely see it, it is the destination for everything that goes down the drains and toilets you use every day. If you just had your tank pumped, you might not need to worry about it for a few years, but the time for the next service gets closer every day. So, how do you know when your septic tank needs to be pumped? If you pay attention to the signs, you can get it taken care of before any problems arise.
What are Some Signs a Septic Tank needs to be Pumped?
The first thing you might notice if your septic tank is filling up is slow drains. Of course, many things can cause a drain to slow down, but if you notice water is draining slowly throughout your home in combination with any of the other signs below, a full septic tank is more likely.
Another sign of a full septic system is foul-smelling drains. Although your plumbing is designed to prevent gases from coming back up through your drains, a full septic tank might make some undesirable smells work their way back up into your home.
Look out into your yard where your septic tank is buried. There you may find grasses and weeds that have grown to an unusually lush state in a short period of time. The moisture, minerals and other matter that flow out into your drain field when your septic tank fills may be the cause.
Another thing to look for in your drain field is unexplained standing water. Puddles of water may form in the grass surrounding your septic tank when the system is overloaded. If it rained recently, don’t worry about small puddles in the drain field, but any new puddles could be signs of a septic system in need of pumping.
How Long Does it Take a Septic Tank to Fill up?
Septic tanks may be large, but they can’t be ignored for too long. The system fills up eventually, but how long does it take? The answer lies in a few factors. Consider how many people live in your home, how much time everyone spends at home, and how many bathrooms and faucets you have. Generally, the more people in the home, the faster the tank fills.
Who can I Call to Get my Septic Tank Pumped?
Maui Pumping Services specializes in pumping septic tanks and cesspools. We have all the equipment we need to locate your septic tank and pump out all the sludge for proper disposal. Contact us today by phone, online, or in-person so you can have your septic tank pumped and ready for future use.