Identifying Septic Tank Related Issues: Pumping Can Help Prevent These Problems

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If you've had a septic system installed in the past, there is a good chance that you will need to have it pumped. How often you need to have septic tank pumping done can depend on several factors. Keep reading to find out more about these septic system issues and know when it is time to have the tank pumped. 

Bacterial Levels

A common problem that occurs with septic systems is that they become overloaded with bacteria which causes them to fail altogether. As wastewater enters a septic tank, it breaks down into two different layers; a top layer called scum and a bottom layer called sludge. The two layers are separated by floating solids called grit which rise to the top of the tank, as well as floating scum which floats on top of the water in the tank itself. When these two layers become too thick, they can cause problems for both homeowners.

Sludge Buildup

Sludge buildup is a common problem that can lead to the failure of your septic tank. Sludge is a combination of solid and liquid waste in the tank that can build up over time and cause blockages. This can result in the failure of your septic system, which can lead to major problems with your home's plumbing and drain field.


When people think of a septic system and tank, they often think of bad odors coming from it. This happens when there is no way for the waste being processed in the tank to get out other than through an overflow pipe or vent stack. It usually means that the tank needs to be pumped. If this pipe clogs up or becomes blocked, it can cause some really nasty smells to come out of your home. 

Your Toilet Is Slow to Flush or Backing Up

If you notice that your toilet is slow to flush or backing up, this can be caused by too many paper towels or other items going down the drain. Also, if you leave food waste in the sink or bathtub for too long, it will clog up the pipes and cause issues with draining as well. To prevent this problem, try replacing paper towels with cloth ones and only use them when necessary. Additionally, try not flushing anything that is not human waste down the drain because this can also cause problems down the road with getting clogged pipes.

Soggy Yard

One of the most common signs that there is something wrong with your septic system is having a soggy yard at various times during the year. If you notice that there are patches of damp soil in your yard or if it remains wet for an extended period after a rainstorm, then this could be caused by broken pipes or a malfunctioning drain field, which will require immediate attention from professional plumbers to get fixed immediately before it causes more damage.

It is important to know when to have the septic tank pumped and what issues may require that you do so. 


7 September 2022

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