How Do You Know You Need a Septic Tank Pumping?

  • Toilets gurgling?You need Septic Tank Pumping from Lentz Septic Tank Service
  • Sinks won’t drain?
  • Showers and baths are backed up?
  • Standing water in your yard?

…It’s time to call for help! 

Regular septic tank pumping service is highly recommended, if not essential, to the extended life of your septic system. There are many reasons for septic system failure, most commonly are improper use and lack of periodic cleaning or pump-out of the septic tank. Septic tanks are designed for solids to settle and form a sludge layer at the bottom of your tank. Over time, if your tank is not properly maintained, this sludge or solid material will eventually clog your system, causing premature system failure. You can prevent most septic problems, and save on costly repairs, by having your septic system regularly maintained by Lentz Septic Tank Service.


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How Often is Septic Tank Pumping Recommended?

Septic Tank Pumping should be performed every 3-5 years, depending upon usage.

Having a maintenance schedule can dramatically improve the operation and extend the life of your septic system. When you hire the professional technicians to pump your septic tank, you not only get your entire tank (both sides of the baffle) pumped, you also will receive recommendations based on anything we see that will help save you money, time or damage in the future. Our advice and basic inspection is provided at no additional charge.

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Noticeable Signs of a Failing System

• Toilets will start to make gurgling noises when you flush.
• Sinks, shower and bathtubs will drain slowly.
• You may smell a sewer odor in your drains.
• There could be a wet area around your septic drainfield, usually the area will stink and often it will have a black mud in or around it. That black mud is probably not oil, black gold, Texas tea…it is an overflowing septic tank, or clogged septic lines.

Preventative Measures to Keep Your System From Failing

In addition to having your septic tank pumped on a regular schedule, there are preventative measures that you may want to consider:

• If anyone in your household is on certain medications, like antibiotics, have your tank pumped more frequently. The chemical reaction in the septic tank will delay or stop the natural process of breaking down the solids in the tank.
• Use natural cleaners rather than harsh chemicals like bleach.
• Do not flush plastics, “flushable wipes”, paper towels, condoms or sanitary napkins.
• Use one ply, “safe for septic” toilet paper.
• Do not pour grease down your drains.
• Garbage disposals will grind up and send down the pipes many foods that don’t break down in the septic tank, causing the drain lines and pipes to get clogged much too easily.
• Try to spread out your laundry loads throughout the week, rather than washing many loads in one day.

• Clean your Effluent Filter as recommended by the manufacturer or at minimum, have it cleaned when the septic tank is pumped out. Lenz Septic Tank Service offers this as a FREE SERVICE to our customers when we pump your tank!

Septic systems are designed to transport all of the water and waste in your drains from your house into a tank that allows solids to sink, and the grease to float. The water in the center of the tank drains out into the septic drainfield, and the longer the system goes without being pumped, the closer these two components get to each other. If solids or grease start to make their way into the septic drainfield, the drain lines are likely to get clogged, causing the system to fail. When the system fails, the septage overflows in the tank, possibly causing the pump to seize. When this happens, the wastewater has to go somewhere, so it goes back to where it came from – your house. Once you begin to see the signs of a failing septic system, it is getting close to failure, so urgency is important. Your very best scenario is to use as many of these prevention tips as possible to keep your septic system operating efficiently for many years.


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Lentz Septic Tank Service provides Grease Trap Pumping and Maintenance Contracts to Iredell and Surrounding Counties, the Piedmont and Foothills of NC including:

Lake Norman: North Charlotte | Huntersville | Cornelius | Davidson | Denver | Mooresville | Sherrills Ford | Terrell | Mt. Mourne | Troutman

Beyond LKN:  Salisbury | Clemmons | Statesville | Mocksville | Taylorsville | Newton | Conover | Hickory | Elkin | Yadkinville | Harmony | Union Grove


Trust Lentz Septic Tank Service for Your Next Septic Tank Pumping – Call Us at 704-876-1834