As soon as you spot any of these septic tank warning signs, you should find professional septic tank services right away. Ignoring the issue will only make it worse, and problems with your septic tank can quickly turn into a safety hazard for you and your family. Make sure you keep an eye out for the following things (especially if it’s been a while since you’ve done anything to maintain your septic tank).
It’s Been a Few Years
Most septic tanks start to fill up after three to five years, so if you haven’t pumped your tank in the last few years, it might be time to do it again.
Keep in mind, this is just a general time frame. Depending on the type of septic tank you have, especially if you have a pump or electrical float switches, you may need to pump it more often. In some cases, you may have to repeat this chore every year.
Not sure if you need to pump your tank?
It’s a good idea to schedule an inspection. A professional will be able to tell you what type of septic tank you have and how often you should pump it.
Something Doesn’t Smell Right
Are you met with the smell of sewage every time you step into your yard?
That’s not normal.
Walk through your yard and find out if the smell is strongest near your septic tank (this will help you rule out any pipe leaks or damages). Your septic tank shouldn’t smell this way, so if you notice any bad odors, you need to address the issue as soon as possible.
You Can See Wet Patches in Your Yard
During the walk around your yard, check to see if there are any soggy patches in your lawn (or other landscaping). Finding damp areas without a clear cause, such as rainwater or bad weather, could mean your septic tank is overfull and leaking into your yard.
You may notice puddles forming on the ground, as well. If there aren’t any reasons for puddles to be in your yard, you know there’s something wrong with your septic tank.
Your Toilet Doesn’t Flush Right
Is your toilet having trouble flushing? A slow flush may mean your septic tank is running out of space. The toilet will have trouble draining into the tank until you empty it.
The Lawn had a Burst of Growth
Green lawns are good, but if you notice a sudden burst of growth around your septic tank (and nowhere else), that didn’t happen by accident. Your septic tank is full, and the contents are giving the grass in that area extra fertilization. It might look pretty, but it means you need to call a professional.