With the possibility of pollutants escaping septic lines as a result of improper septic maintenance, we can’t express enough the need for regular septic tank pumpouts andseptic tank inspections. Regular pumpouts mean more efficient wastewater treatment as well as prolonged life for your septic tank. A properly maintained septic system can last for as long as you live in your home. If you’ve recently purchased your home or do not recall when your septic system was last serviced, there are a few warning signs that will let you know when you may be past due for a pumpout.

  1. Slow drains or sewage backup in your home. While one slow drain may just indicate a clog, when all your drains begin to slow or you begin to experience sewage backups in your home, you should call your local septic tank professional, as this often means that the time has passed for a pumpout.
  2. Surfacing of sewage effluent on the ground surface. When a septic system fails to process your wastewater efficiently, it backs up, resulting in a bleed out onto the ground surface outside your septic tank. This is sometimes related to how your soil is absorbing the water, line clogs, increased water usage or improperly operating gutters and downspouts. It’s important that you monitor the area surrounding your septic tank and drainfield by inspecting the ground surface on a regular basis.
  3. Smell of sewage. While an odor near the tank can be an indication of a cracked outlet pipe, odors in the drainfield more than likely mean that it is time for a septic tank pumpout.

Maintaining your septic system with an inspection or pumpouts on a regular basis will minimize issues like backups, slow drains and costly repairs in addition to reducing your impact on the environment. It is ideal to know when your septic tank was last serviced. However, a septic tank inspection will generally provide you with insight as to the condition of your system as well as pumping out old waste from the tank to give you a fresh start.

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