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3 Signs It's Time to Pump Your Septic Tank

Septic systems are designed to last for decades, and usually, septic tank maintenance is only required every two to three years. However, unforeseen circumstances may arise, causing your tank to fill faster or need early care. Knowing the signs of a full tank helps you identify problems and prevent major damage from a septic backup. Below are a few signs that it's time to pump the tank.

How to Tell When Your Septic Tank Is Full

1. Unusual Odors

Before you see the signs of a full septic tank, you may smell them. As your tank fills with liquids and solids, there's less room to store the system's gaseous byproducts. As a result, the gas may seep outside through drainage outlets or back into your home through your plumbing. Sulfurous, sewage-like odors near your toilets, sinks, and drains are a sure sign that your tank needs to be pumped. You may also detect these scents outside in the area of your drainage field.

2. Slow Drainage

Because the septic system connects to every drain in your home, a backup will impact all appliances that use your plumbing. If multiple drains seem to be emptying more slowly than normal, or if you notice frequent clogs, the problem might not be with your pipes but with your septic tank. Call a septic tank maintenance service as soon as this happens, since more severe backups can lead to extensive property damage.

3. Standing Water

Soggy spots, puddles, or patches of mud in your yard—especially near your drain field or where the septic tank is buried—likely indicate that the septic system is overcapacity. You should address this issue as soon as possible because it can damage your yard and lead to worse problems, like a full sewage backup. Sewage emptying into the yard or your home is expensive to fix and a major health hazard. This problem often occurs during times of heavy rainfall, when your tank becomes flooded with rainwater and runoff. If you're expecting a season with more rain than usual, schedule an early septic tank maintenance appointment to be safe.

When you need help with a septic problem, reach out to Lentz Septic Tank Service in Statesville, NC. We have offered reliable and friendly service in Iredell County and the surrounding communities for over 60 years. We are passionate about providing affordable and environmentally friendly services when you need #SepticPumping or a #SepticInspection

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