Finding Solutions for Your Septic Tank Problems

3 Common Signs That It Is Time To Schedule An Appointment With A Sewage System Pumper

by Senanur Norder

Homes in urban and suburban areas are typically connected to a municipal sewage system, but rural homes that are not near a municipal sewer system will need their own sewage system to manage household waste. In this type of situation, the home will be connected to a septic system, which is basically a self-contained sewage system for an individual household. Septic systems are considered very good sewage management systems, but one thing that a homeowner who has a septic system must remember is that the septic tank will need to be pumped to remove solid waste. If your home's septic system needs to be pumped, there will be a number of signs, such as the following. 

1. Can't Remember the Last Time the Tank was Pumped

The frequency that a septic system needs to be pumped depends on several factors, such as the size of the tank and the number of people living in a household. But, generally, a septic tank should be pumped every couple of years. If you have no recollection of the last time your home's septic system was inspected or pumped, it is in your best interest to have it pumped before it overflows and causes a sewage backup. Contact a sewage system pumper to schedule an appointment, but make sure that you hire is licensed to operate by your county health department to ensure that the sewage from the tank is handled and disposed of properly.

2. Nasty Smells

Since septic tanks are full of solid waste, it is not surprising that they stink. Septic tanks are buried underground, and when the waste level is properly managed there should not be any foul odors in your home or around your property. However, when the septic tank nears capacity, nasty odors from the tank can waft through drains and pipes into your home, and the smell may be noticeable in your yard near where the septic tank is buried. If you have a septic tank, never ignore the smell of raw sewage, as it is often a major red flag that tells you that it is time to contact a private sewage system pumper to schedule service.

3. Problems Flushing Toilets

If you're only having problems with one toilet in your home, there is probably something wrong with the toilet itself, but experiencing problems flushing in multiple toilets in the home often means that there is an issue with the septic tank. If a septic tank is too full and needs to be pumped, the solid waste can block the drain lines for the liquid waste, which is why your toilets may not be flushing properly. 

Contact a company like Sound Septic Pumping and Services, Inc for more information and assistance.