No one likes to spend much time thinking about their septic tank, but it is one item on your home's maintenance checklist that will steadfastly refuse to be put off. If you haven't had your septic tank pumped recently, it is possible that you are already overdue for a service even if there are no immediate symptoms of a problem.
While a serious septic tank failure is a problem that you won't be able to ignore for long, the early signs of a tank that has become too full can be subtle and difficult to notice. Even worse, leaving these problems unaddressed can lead to expensive damage to your septic system and even interior damage to your home as drains begin to back up.
Think it's just a clog somewhere? If you have a septic system and it hasn't been pumped in a while, slow drains may actually be an early sign that your tank has become full. Since your home's drains empty into your septic tank, a full tank effectively acts as a very large blockage at the final resting place for your wastewater. The end result is that you may find toilets, sinks, and showers all draining much more slowly than you'd expect.
If you call on a professional to attempt to locate the source of a slow drain, they should always check the state of your septic system first. This can potentially save you a large amount of money attempting to troubleshoot a clog elsewhere in the system that doesn't exist.
Gurgling, Bubbling, and Bad Smells
In addition to slow drains, a tank that is too full may cause your drains to emit a gurgling or bubbling sound. The sound you are hearing is actually gas that is trapped in the lines backing up into the pipes and being released. It is worth being aware that this type of sound from your drains always indicates a problem. In some cases, it is simply a blockage somewhere, but often, it is the result of a full septic tank. If you are also noticing a bad odor from your drains then you can be sure that your septic tank is in need of some serious attention soon.
Pretty Green Grass
Wait, green grass can be a problem? If it's over your septic leaching field, then it definitely can be! Your leaching (or draining) field is essentially a large filter that allows effluent from the septic tank to be safely eliminated. When you notice that the grass in this area is unusually green, it likely means that there is an issue with your tank or with the field. This problem can be caused by leaks in the pipes that lead to the leaching field or by a septic tank that has begun to seriously overflow. If you notice this lush, beautiful grass along with slow drains or gurgling, it is definitely time to call in a professional.
While it may seem inconvenient to keep up with regular septic tank maintenance, having your tank pumped regularly will help to save you money and headaches in the future. For more information, contact companies like A-Bell Excavating Inc.