Septic: From A to Z

Signs It's Time To Pump Or Replace Your Home's Septic System

Living in the country has its perks. This includes the slow pace of country living and a nice backyard to enjoy. Chances are, if you don't live within the city limits, you have a well and septic system. This means you need to keep your eye out for signs your septic tank is in trouble. Here are some clues your septic system may need to be pumped or replaced. 

Water Pooling In The Yard

If you have noticed that one area of your yard is extra green and thriving or there is a lot of water pooling in a certain area, it could be a faulty septic tank. Over time, the tank can crack or leak. The result is sewage water and waste seeping outside of the tank and into the ground. This can be a real health hazard, especially if the materials make their way to a freshwater source. 

Calling a septic tank company to come out and provide septic pump services is a good start. From there, they will examine the drain field and tank as well as related components to determine the culprit. If it's an easy fix, they will drain the tank, make the repairs, and provide routine servicing. If the tank is leaching out into the ground or has malfunctioned, it may need to be replaced. 

Drains Backing Up

When a septic tank is full or becomes faulty, sewage and wastewater back up into the home. In addition to the toilet not flushing or backing up, the same thing can happen in all the sinks and drains throughout the home. 

A clogged drain that does not resolve with a simple plunge could indicate an overfilled tank or even a major septic tank malfunction. 

Bothersome Odors

When sewage begins to back up, so does waste that was previously flushed. This smell can be easy to recognize as it makes its way back up the drain. In addition, sewage combined with sewer gases can create a distinct, rotten egg smell. If you smell this inside and outside, it definitely indicates a problem with your sewer or drain field. 

Age Of The Tank

One of the telltale signs you may need a new septic tank is its age. According to Casteel, most septic tanks have a life expectancy of around 30 years. This can be less or more depending on how well the tank has been maintained through the years. 

If your tank is old, but you have had it serviced annually, there is a good chance it may not need replacement. But if you are unsure and your home is over 30 years old, it is best to get advice from the pros. 

Contact a septic services provider to learn more.