5 Surefire Signs Your Septic System Needs Some Repair

septic pumpingA home’s septic tank is responsible for collecting sewage underground. The tank allows for the sewage to decompose naturally; the sewage effluent then drains to the septic system. While it is not always a pleasant topic to talk about, it is crucial that you keep an eye on the functioning of your system in order to prevent a catastrophic mess. One-quarter of homes in the United States uses a septic system, it is crucial you understand how to properly take care of your system. We have created a list of some signs that your septic pumping service is in need of repair.

Foul smell
Follow your nose! If you can smell sewage anywhere around your home, call your septic professional to check for a possible repair. May be as simple as a drain drying out & allowing the sewer gases to come into the house. 

Your grass is growing really fast
One of the first signs that your septic service is failing is the increased presence of water in your lawn over the septic system allowing the grass to grow faster  and taller than the rest of the yard .

Your drains are slow
Do both your sink and bathtub on the main level of the house drain slowly and gurgle in the process? Drainage problems and septic tank issues go hand in hand, so call a professional if your tub and sink are consistently filled with wastewater.  May only be due for pumping.  The service tech can then advise if there are further issues.

Pooling water
While it is normal to have some pooling water in your yard after a big storm, a large puddle near your septic system may be a sign your system is overflowing and you are in need of septic system repair.

A sewer backup
A sewer backup obviously is an indication that something is going on. Typically when you are on a septic system; we start with pumping the tank if it has been some time. However, if your system is older or in a flood plain area with a high water table; it is possible your septic can no longer compete with the ground water.

Notice any of these signs in your home? Chances are you are in need of some septic repair. Call our professionals today for an evaluation!

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Prevent Septic Tank Pollution With Regular Maintenance

septic tankYou have so many responsibilities as a homeowner that not only affects your family’s well being, but your entire community and even the environment. If you’re not working with professionals who are properly cleaning and maintaining your septic system, for example, there could end up being serious issues. As long as your septic system is being properly maintained, it should last at least 25 to 30 years, but if not, there can be trouble.

“We recommend pumping them out every four to six years,” said Cindy Wilson, officer manager at A1 Septic Tank Service. “A lot of times people will wait too late to get it pumped out. That happens more often than not.”

Aside from costly repair services that you’ll be responsible for paying, septic issues from your home can lead to horrible environmental problems.

According to The Post and Courier, the pollution resulting from septic misuse and neglect is damaging the earth’s coastal waterways.

“An improperly sited and/or malfunctioning septic tank can be a big source of bacteria pollution,” added Andrew Wunderley, a professional Waterkeeper. “That’s especially true in our coastal areas and tidal creeks where sandy soil, high ground water tables, and nearby waterways severely limit how effectively a septic system can treat wastewater.”

Septic systems are just small aspects of homeownership, but in relation to home safety and pollution prevention, these systems are more important than nearly any part of homeownership.

“Chemical run off, human and pet waste, and other pollutants are dumping into our creeks and rivers,” said Alys Campaigne, a frequent visitor of the Carleston Harbor, which has been significantly polluted due to septic issues. “These are solvable problems. We’re looking forward to digging in with the town and others on this effort.”

Although correcting these pollution problems can be done, they are difficult to accomplish and can be costly for entire towns. Rather than waiting for these problems to gain momentum, you should focus much more on prevention.

If you need professional septic tank plumbing services or septic cleaning assistance, contact Ron’s Tidy Tank Septic Service today.

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