The frequency with which your septic tank needs to be pumped can vary dramatically from one pump to the next. This is because there are so many different factors that contribute to how quickly your tank fills up. For instance, if the bacteria levels in your tank drop due to the use of antibacterial products in your home, your septic tank will fill up much faster than when there is a healthy balance of bacteria inside the tank. Higher water usage can also contribute to your tank needing to be pumped more frequently. With so many variables to take into consideration, you cannot simply rely on a specific time frame to let you know when it is time to have your tank pumped. Instead, you will need to learn to spot the signs that your tank is full so that you can call a plumber to perform this service long before your tank overflows. Read on to learn more about three of the most common warning signs.
1: Every Drain In The House Seems To Be Running Slow
If the drain in your kitchen or bathroom sink is running a bit slower than usual but the other drains in your home are running just fine, chances are that you are dealing with an isolated plumbing issue resulting from a clog in your pipes. However, if every drain in your house seems to be running slow, this could be the result of a full septic tank. This is because the fuller your tank becomes, the more difficult it will be for the tank to continue accommodating your wastewater.
2: The Grass In Your Drainage Field Is Growing Quickly Or Is Exceptionally Green
When your septic tank reaches a certain level, any wastewater that rises above this level will automatically begin to drain into your drainage field. This expelled wastewater can provide the grass in this area with extra moisture and extra nutrients, causing it to grow faster or even turn a much brighter shade of green than the rest of the grass in your yard. Consequently, if you notice that your drainage field is looking especially healthy, this can actually be a sign that it is time to have your septic tank pumped.
3: You Spot Puddles Or Soggy Soil In Your Drainage Field
The fuller your septic tank is, the more wastewater your tank will need to expel in order to make room for incoming waste. If your septic tank is attempting to make room by pushing out excess amounts of wastewater, you will often see evidence of this in the way of puddles forming in your drainage field. In addition to the puddles of standing water that can form on the top of your drainfield, you may also notice that the ground feels soggy or even a bit unstable due to the high groundwater levels. This is a definite sign that it is time to have your septic tank serviced.
Contact a septic service to schedule septic tank pumping if you notice these signs.