Signs Your Septic Tank Is Full

If you have a septic tank, you know it’s one of the most vital parts of your house and property and the ugly truth is, neglecting it can leave you with an unpleasant, embarrassing mess. Fortunately, when it starts to get full, your septic tank has ways of letting you know.

Slow Drains

If you can’t get water to drain normally throughout the various outlets in your house, even after using cleaning/unclogging methods, the system could be full. This rule goes for any drain, like bathtubs and toilets, too.

Note: This sign is the most subtle and least distressing, so paying attention to your drains could save you from experiencing one of these other unsavory signals.

Strong Odors

As the system for collecting not only waste but water leftover from bathing, washing dishes, and doing laundry, your septic tank can take a beating. These fluids and their various contaminants can combine to create intense odors. If a stroll around your yard has you crying foul, it might be time to call in the professionals.

Excess Water

While a rainy afternoon can put puddles in your yard, standing water around your drain field is a bad sign. When it gets full, a septic tank can clog with waste and push liquid to the top, making overflow inevitable.

A Lawn That’s a Little Too Pretty

Grass around your septic tank should look like it does everywhere else. If this area becomes too lush and green, it could indicate fluid leaks. If this happens, have the system emptied or examined for leaks.

Sewage Backup

Having a regular septic maintenance schedule will save you from this level of damage, so remember to stay on top of routine care. Although it only happens in more extreme cases, neglecting your system could lead to a sewage backup in your home. If this happens, calling a professional right away is your best hope for avoiding further damage. Hopefully, having the tank pumped will solve the problem, but if backup continues, there could be more severe issues at the core.

Note: Keep an eye on lower drains (like those in the basement), as a sewage backup is most likely to start there.

Even with regular maintenance, you should still prioritize regular checks of the drain field and septic tank, paying close attention to any irregularities. Spotting a minor issue before it turns caustic can be the difference between a small service and a costly one.

For help installing, maintaining, or repairing your septic system in the Charlotte or Concord areas, remember to call Rooter Express NC at 919-823-6319 today.

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