Signs You Need Your Septic Tank Pumped

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Septic Tank Pumped

For most homeowners who aren’t connected to a municipal sewer line, septic tanks are usually more of an “out of sight, out of mind” maintenance task. When things are working well, you don’t think about your system often. Unfortunately, a forgotten septic system can very quickly turn into the kind of problem you simply cannot ignore. Emergency calls and sewage backups are no one’s idea of a good time, so it’s important to keep an eye out for telltale signs that it’s time to have your septic tank pumped.

  • Slow, Sluggish Drainage – One of the first signs of a septic tank approaching distress is a noticeable difference in drain speed and efficiency. If the shower pools around your feet faster than the drain can manage the flow or the evening bath takes a bit too long to empty, take it as an urgent warning. 
  • Odor – Under normal circumstances, your septic tank processes waste efficiently enough to keep odors from wafting back up through the drains or permeating the lawn. When the waste level begins approaching capacity, though, odorous gases are displaced and can waft through drains, toilets, and even around the exterior of your home. This odor is another urgent sign of impending trouble.
  • Suspiciously Healthy Grass – Grass that’s too green and too pretty may seem like a great problem to have, but your lush, green lawn may actually be a glaring red flag. If the area over your drain field is unusually healthy and vibrant, it means it’s being fertilized inadvertently by waste seeping up into the soil. This can be a very unsafe situation, and you’ll need to have your septic tank pumped to avoid potential health risks. 
  • Sewage Backing Up Into Your Home – By the time this sign of trouble makes an appearance, it’s safe to say the trouble has just begun. This awful mess is the last, worst, and most obvious sign of a full septic tank or system issue. 

Concerned about the condition of your septic system? Because they’re buried underground and meant to function silently, it’s not always easy to know when you need to have your septic tank pumped. Sunset Septic System Services can help you maintain your septic tank to perfection, staving off the nightmare of system failure. 

With over 30 years of Septic System Service in Wisconsin, we stand behind our experienced drivers and want to make your experience quick, seamless, and pleasant. Our licensed, insured, and bonded drivers show up on time, are always clean, and are always willing to answer any questions you may have. Call us with your questions or to schedule an appt today (262) 229-9823.

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