Septic Tank Pumping by the Professionals
Taking care of your home is a big responsibility and there are many things you need to keep an eye on, including your septic tank and how regularly it needs pumping. Septic tank pumping is something you need to prioritise because the repercussions of a seldom-pumped septic tank can be very unpleasant.
Why Do Septic Tanks Need Pumping?
Septic tanks need to be thoroughly pumped, periodically, to help get rid of any solid waste deposits that gather at the bottom of your tank. Having your tank regularly pumped can help maintain your septic tank and keep it working effectively. Just because your septic tank has not been causing you any problems, does not mean you can neglect the care and maintenance schedule. There are some common signs that your septic tank needs pumping, so we thought we’d list them below to help you out.
Slow Running Drains
Having slow running drains is one of the most common signs your septic tank needs pumping. If your toilet isn’t flushing properly and your drains are taking a long time to drain, it’s very likely that your septic tank is full and needs emptying. Count yourself lucky that you have been given a chance to fix the problem before sewage starts overflowing and things get messy!
Bad Odours in Your Home
As your septic tank fills up with sewage, the odour-causing gasses have nowhere to go and can end up filling up your home, emanating from toilets, sinks, and drains. This isn’t simply a smelly problem, it’s also a great risk to your personal health and hygiene. If you notice bad odours in and around your home, it is time to have your septic tank pumped by a professional.
Lush, Green Grass
Although having a stunning green lawn is something so many homeowners strive for, it can be a sign that your septic tank is overflowing and fertilising your lawn. This is a common sign that your septic tank needs pumping immediately as the leaking sewage is a serious health risk and needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Standing Water around Your Property
When your septic tank is full, the water can start to pool in multiple places around your home and garden. However, the most notable place for pooling water to gather is around the drainage field itself. Pooling water is another serious indication that your septic tank needs pumping and it should be inspected immediately.
A Backup of Sewage
Sewage backup is one of the most common signs your septic tank needs pumping and it is a rather unpleasant problem to have. If you don’t have your septic tank regularly pumped and you ignore any or all of the above-mentioned signs, it is very likely you will have raw sewage backup in your property.
How Often Should Your Septic Tank be Pumped?
Maintaining your septic tank is extremely important and having it regularly pumped is one of the most fundamental things you can do to keep it in good condition and working properly. However, many homeowners don’t know how often their septic tanks need to be pumped. In most cases, we would recommend that homeowners have their septic tank pumped every one to two years (depending on the size of the property and the number of occupants).
Professional Septic Tank Pumping
When having your septic tank pumped, it is important you have it done by a professional. The technician who comes out to evaluate your tanks condition will be able to help you determine its condition and how often you need to have it pumped. This evaluation is extremely helpful and ensures you have all the information you need to care for and properly maintain your septic tank all year round.
What Affects Pumping Frequency?
There are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to septic tank pumping frequency. Although most people only need to have their septic tanks pumped everyone to two years, this is dependant on the number of people living in the property, the size of the house, and the regularity of daily visitors. It’s important to remember that the more people you have in your home, the more wastewater being pumped into your septic tank and, therefore, the more regularly it will need to be emptied. Other considerations are the age and size of your septic tank, and the seasonal changes that may affect it.
Have Regular Septic Tank Inspections
One of the best ways to ensure your septic tank pumping is carried out with enough regularity, it by having it inspected regularly. Although most septic tanks only need inspection once every 3 years or so, it is best to do it more often than not as this helps you ensure your septic tank is properly maintained and effectively cared for.
Top tip: Keep your records up to date with the age, capacity, and size of your septic tank. You should also keep track of pumping dates and inspections that have been carried out for future reference.
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Brighton and Hove, Seaford, Eastbourne, Worthing, Crowborough, Haywards Heath, Crawley, Burgess Hill, Horsham, Arundel, Storrington, Chichester, Bognor Regis, Billingshurst
Call Coastal Drains Today
If you need your septic tank pumping, our team at Coastal Drains are here for you. We have a team of experienced and fully-trained professionals available to pump your septic tank, maintain it, and carry out any relevant checks. If you would like to enquire about our septic tank services, please do not hesitate to call our team today for more information.