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If you live in a rural area of Mesa, AZ, there is a good chance that you have a septic system. Septic systems are standard in rural areas where the city’s sewer system cannot reach. A septic system is made up of a tank where the waste and water go when the water goes down the drain, and the toilets are flushed. The solid waste falls to the bottom of the tank, and the liquids are delivered to a drain field through an intricate piping system located under the ground.
If you have a septic system, there are a few things that you should do to keep it running properly. A few of these responsibilities include:
- Watch what you put down the drain and toilet. Food, grease, paper towels, wet wipes, and diapers should never be put down the drain or toilet.
- Keep heavy objects away from the septic tank. Anything heavy can put pressure on the tank, causing it to crack.
- Keep your drain field clear. There is an intricate piping system under the ground; therefore, you should keep the area clear to prevent piping issues.
- It is your responsibility to have the tank pumped regularly. It is recommended that you have your tank pumped every three to five years. If you have a large family, you should have your tank pumped every three years. If you have a smaller family and don’t use as much water and flush the toilet as much as a large family would, you can wait five years. If you have waited too long and are due for a septic tank pumping, there are a few signs to look for.
#1 Slow Drains
Slow drains are a relatively common problem. If just one of your drains is slow, there is probably a clog in the pipe. If all of your drains are slow, there is a good chance that it is time to schedule a septic tank pumping. When the water goes down the drain, and there isn’t much room in the septic tank to collect the water, it will cause all of your drains to be slow. After the pumping, the water should start draining normally again.
#2 Gurgling Drains
When water goes down the drain, it should do so quietly. If you hear a gurgling sound when the water goes down the drain, there is likely a clog. When the water is forced to change direction to get through the pipes, it will cause this sound. If all of your drains are gurgling, the problem likely lies in your septic tank. When the tank is full, the liquid will fight with the water and gasses to get into the full tank. This can cause all of your drains and your toilets to gurgle. After a septic tank pumping, your pipes should quiet down.
#3 Green, Lush Grass Near the Septic Tank
Most Mesa, AZ homeowners will tell you that they would love green, lush grass in their yard. If the only area where the grass is green and lush is around the septic tank, it is a sign that it is time to schedule a septic tank pumping. If the tank is too full and it is overflowing, the waste will fertilize the lawn, making that area of the yard look much nicer than the rest.
#4 Foul Odors Coming From the Tank or the Drainfield
The most obvious sign that it is time to call for septic tank pumping is the foul odor that a full tank can cause. If you smell rotten eggs around your property, you likely need to schedule a pumping. When you notice the smell, you should have pumped right away. If you wait too long, you are at risk of having your tank overflow, which creates a nasty mess.
#5 Standing Water in the Yard
If there is standing water in your yard, you should first consider the weather. If there was recently a major rainstorm, it isn’t uncommon for there to be areas of flooding in the yard. You should also check to make sure that nobody left the garden hose or the sprinkler on for too long. If everything checks out and you cannot figure out the source of the standing water, your septic tank could be to blame. If you are way overdue for a septic tank pumping, the water inside the tank can leak out, causing pools of water to form in the yard. It is essential that you call to have your septic tank pumped immediately to prevent a major flood in the yard.
#6 Water or Sewage Backup
When you turn on the water, it should flow down the drain freely. The same is true when you flush your toilet. If you notice that there is water or sewage backing up in the drains, it is probably time for a septic tank pumping. If there isn’t enough room in the septic tank to hold the water and waste going down the drains, it will back up into the house. This is a very serious situation, and you should call for septic tank pumping immediately. If you allow the problem to persist for too long, you could end up with a significant flood inside your home.
If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above, you should contact Schroeder Plumbing to schedule a septic tank pumping. We understand that overflows can occur at any time of the day or night, which is why we offer 24-hour emergency service. We will send a tech to your home to determine if the issue is an overfilled tank or if there are any cracks that are causing the problem. Our techs have the knowledge and experience to determine the cause of the problem, then suggest the best course of action to fix it. To schedule an appointment to have your septic tank pumped, give us a call today.