A septic tank is a cost-effective and reliable way to deal with the sewage waste from your home. Unfortunately, it is quite different from using a sewer system, since a septic tank requires maintenance to keep it working properly. The most common thing you'll need to have done is to bring out a processional septic tank service company to pump the tank and remove the sewage. It's important to know the signs that the tank is in need of pumping so you can have it taken care of.
You may have noticed a shift in how your drains behave when water goes down them. Did the water used to go down fast, and now it goes down slowly? Does your toilet no longer drain the water quickly when you flush, but instead drops slowly and barely removes what's inside? This is an indication that the tank is filling up with waste and it has nowhere to go, so the water is moving very slowly. Pumping the tank will fix this problem and get the water flowing down the drains quickly once again.
Saturated Drain Field
The water has to go somewhere when the tank is filled, and the chances are that it will go into the drain field. The tank is not entirely closed off since there is an area where liquid waste will leave and absorb into the ground. If too much water leaves the tank because it is full, you'll notice that the area of the yard where the water goes will become soggy. You can have all that waste removed, and the drain field will eventually dry up and go back to normal. The problem will not get better by ignoring it, so be sure to act quickly.
You may hear a problem before you actually see one, such as gurgling sounds that come from your drains. This is due to a blockage within the pipe going to the septic tank since the waste has nowhere to go. Gases are going back towards your home where it makes an odd sound from your drains. This may seem like a problem that is just an annoyance, but it can lead to more serious problems that happen when a septic tank is beyond capacity.
When in doubt, have your local septic services visit your home and inspect the tank. They'll let you know if it's time to have the waste pumped out of the tank.