If you have recently moved into a newly purchased house that has an old septic system and you've noticed problems with your plumbing, you may need to have the septic tank pumped. If it has been more than 3-5 years since the last time the tank has been pumped, or you don't know when it was last serviced, call the professionals right away.
You don't want to end up with sewage throughout the house or your property. Here are a few symptoms that may indicate your dealing with a septic tank issue on the property.
Slow Draining Water
Does the water swirl slowly down the toilet and not always flush all the way? Do you have feces floating back up through the pipes? If so, it could be because there isn't room for the waste to go in the septic tank. A plumbing company can look through the pipes to see if there is another problem with drainage besides the tank being full after the tank is pumped.
Sewer Odors Outdoors
Can you smell waste when you walk around your house? Does the smell get worse on days that it's hot, humid or after it rains? If so, this indicates that you have waste leaking out of the tank and into your yard. This is a health hazard because it can damage wildlife, groundwater, and it's toxic for you and neighbors to inhale. You can even get fined for having your waste leaking into the earth around the tank.
Is the soil always moist around where the septic tank is, even when the rest of the property is dry? You may want to have your yard tested after the tank has been pumped to make sure that you don't need to have any treatments done to remove any contaminated soil, to make the property safe. You also may need to have more dirt or sod brought in.
Not only should you have the septic tank pumped, but you should also have the tank cleaned by the experts (such as those from Ace Sanitation Service). They can inspect the tank to make sure there aren't any cracks or problems around the inside, and to see if you need to replace your septic system. You don't want to be living in a toxic situation because you aren't aware that there is a septic backup problem, so call the experts as soon as you have any suspicions that something could be wrong.