If you have a septic tank, there are things that you need to do to make sure that it works well every day. That can include doing things like making sure that you don't put anything under the drains that you shouldn't and that you are only using septic approved products. But you also need to make sure that you get your tank pumped out regularly. Since this isn't generally a task that needs to get done monthly or even yearly, many people either don't realize that it needs to happen or just plain forget to do it when it does need to be done. What are some signs that you may need to get your septic tank pumped?
One sign that you might need to pump out your septic tank is that your drains are slow. That's because there just isn't as much room in the tank for the water to go. Either it is so full of sludge that the drains are blocked or it is full of everything that there is barely any space. As such, whatever new water is getting added into the tank has to wait until the water that is already in the tank manages to move past any blocked drains. That will allow your drains to empty.
When your drains completely stop draining, it could be that you have a block. It could also be that your tank is now completely full and there just isn't any way that more wastewater can get into it. This can happen literally overnight, so if you had a few problems one day, you can wake up to having problems the next morning. Think of your septic tank as a water bottle. You can fill it up almost to the very top and still have a tiny bit of room for more water to go into it. But, when you add in a bit more, there just isn't any room for anything else to go in, so your water bottle starts to overflow or blocks off whatever is filling it. That's what your tank will do until you can get it pumped out.
Pumping your tank needs to be done every few years, depending on usage, tank size, and other variables. It doesn't take very long to get it all pumped out, but getting it done will make sure that you can keep flushing your toilet and taking a shower. Contact a septic tank pumping service for more information.