Posted on: 5 January 2017
If your new home is connected to a septic tank and you've never used one before, you've got some learning to do. Homes that are connected to municipal sewer systems have their household waste water and sewage flushed through the pipes and away from your home. However, with septic systems, household waste water and sewage is collected – and stored – in underground tanks.
To keep your septic system operating properly, your tanks should be emptied at least once every three to five years. If you don't have your septic tanks emptied in a timely manner, they'll let you know when they're reaching maximum capacity. Unfortunately, some of the ways they'll communicate with you are not pleasant. Here are three signs that your septic system needs to be serviced.
It's normal to have occasional clogs in your bathroom or kitchen sinks. Particles of food, hair, and grease can build up inside the drains, leading to the occasional clog. However, if your septic tank hasn't been emptied in a while, it can lead to serious clogs throughout your home, including your toilets and bathtubs. Once your septic tanks begin to reach maximum capacity, it becomes more difficult for solid waste to empty properly. As a result, that solid waste builds up in the pipes and causes clogs. If you're noticing more clogs throughout your home, it's time to have your septic system looked at.
Sewage in the Tub
Sewage backups are another common problem associated with over-filled septic tanks. Sewage backups occur when there's no more room for solid – or liquid – waste in the septic tanks. When that happens, everything in the drains back up into your home, usually into your bathtubs. If the wax rings around your toilets are worn-out or faulty, you may also see raw sewage seeping out from around the base of your toilets. If this happens, you're experiencing a septic emergency. It's time to have your system serviced immediately.
In addition to the two storage tanks, your septic system also has a seepage pit. This pit is where the liquid waste drains to. If a clog develops between the septic tanks and the seepage pit or the seepage pit breaks down, the liquid waste will filter up through the soil. When that happens, you'll notice that your soil is spongy in some areas. Eventually, you'll notice puddles of raw sewage coming up from the ground. If this happens, you'll need to have your seepage pit repaired or replaced.
Now that you're responsible for a septic tank, be sure to keep it properly maintained. The information provided here will help you identify problems associated with your septic system. For more information, contact local professionals like Parrish Portable & Septic.Share