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If you live in a rural area there is a good chance that you have a septic system. Your septic system contains a holding tank with underground pipes connected to it that lead out to a leach field. Your septic tank has two main purposes. The first is to hold wastewater that promotes the bacterial breakdown of the waste inside the tank. It also stores solids that will need to be removed in the future.
It is recommended that you have your septic tank pumped every three to five years. If you have a large family,l or your water demand is high due to water-based appliances, you will need to have your septic tank pumped every three years. If you have a small family and don’t use high amounts of water, you can go five years between septic tank pumpings.
It is essential that you have your septic tank pumped regularly. Doing so will allow the drains and toilets to function properly, and regular pumpings will increase the lifespan of your septic tank.
If you forget to have your septic tank pumped or if you need to do so sooner than usual, you will see signs that it is time to schedule your septic tank to be pumped.
#1 Slow Drains
If the drains in your home are slow, you could have a clog in the pipe. If you notice that every drain is slow and the toilet flushes are weak, it could be time for a septic tank pumping. When the excess water and waste are removed from the septic tank, your drains will start flowing freely, and your toilet will flush properly.
#2 Foul Odors
If you notice a foul smell coming from your sinks, drains, or outside near the septic tank, it is time to schedule your septic tank to be pumped. When the septic tank on your Mesa, AZ property is full, foul-smelling gasses build-up and have no place to go, creating a foul smell inside and outside of the home. When you schedule an appointment for a septic tank pumping, the excess water and waste will be removed, eliminating the nasty smell.
#3 Pooling Water Around the Septic Tank
Unless there was a recent rainstorm, there should not be water pooling around the septic tank. If you notice standing water or marshy areas around the septic tank, you should schedule an appointment for your septic tank to be pumped. When the tank is full, it can overflow into the yard, creating a nasty mess and a major health hazard. If you have a septic tank pumping performed and there is still water pooling around the tank, there could be a leak in the septic tank or a blockage in the drain pipe. These issues would require the assistance of a plumber who specializes in septic systems.
#4 Green Lush Grass Around the Septic Tank
Most Mesa, AZ homeowners would love to have green, lush grass in their yards. If you notice that the grass is greener and more lush around the septic tank, it is not good. It is actually a sign that you need to schedule an appointment for getting your septic tank pumped. When the septic tank overflows, the waste can fertilize the grass around the tank, making it greener and lusher than the rest of the yard. If you allow the problem to persist, the waste will continue overflowing, resulting in a flooded yard. It is best to schedule an appointment for your septic tank to be pumped as soon as you notice the difference in the grass.
#5 Backups In the Sinks and Bathtubs
The most obvious and nasty sign that it is time to schedule time to have your septic tank pumped is if raw sewage backs up into the sinks and bathtubs in your home. Raw sewage backups are nasty and can create a major health hazard in your home. If you are experiencing backups, you should schedule an appointment for your septic tank to be pumped immediately. This is considered an emergency situation and should not be ignored.
Protecting Your Septic System
If you are going to ensure that the septic system in your home is functioning properly, you will need to do more than schedule a septic tank pumping regularly. There are several tips you should follow that will keep your septic system healthy and functioning properly.
- Don’t Use Flushable Wipes: Just because wet wipes say they are flushable, it doesn’t mean that you should. Flushable wipes won’t break down the way toilet paper does, and they will build up in the septic system, requiring you to schedule a septic tank pumping more often.
- Watch What You Put Down the Drain: Your septic system relies on naturally forming bacteria to break down the waste in the tank. If you put food, grease, or detergent down the drain, it will overburden the bacteria, making it difficult to break down the waste. This will require you to schedule more frequent pumpings.
- Conserve Water: If your family wastes water, you will need to schedule your septic tank pumping appointments more frequently. There are many ways you can conserve water, such as turning off the water while you brush your teeth, have dripping faucets or running toilets repaired, and don’t take extra long showers.
- Keep Heavy Objects Away From the Septic Tank and Leach Field: Heavy objects, such as vehicles, sheds, and swimming pools, should not be placed near the septic tank. The weight of the object can cause serious damage to the septic tank, which can cause major issues. You should also keep heavy objects away from the leach field to avoid damaging the underground pipes.
Why Choose Schroeder Plumbing?
If you need to schedule an appointment for a septic tank pumping or have any septic tank issues, schedule an appointment with Schroeder Plumbing. We have been serving residential and commercial customers in Mesa, AZ, for over 40 years. Thanks to our high-quality service and excellent customer service, we have an excellent reputation in the community and the industry.
We understand that septic tank issues can arise at any time of the day or night, which is why we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To schedule an appointment for a septic tank pumping or any other plumbing issue, give us a call today.