Homeowners don’t often think about their septic tank needing to be pumped out until there’s a sewage emergency. Having your septic tank cleaned out regularly will keep your home’s plumbing system working efficiently and effectively. At Curt & Jerry Sewer Service, we know what to look for and how to tell when it’s time to have that septic tank pumped out. Keep reading to learn more.

How to Tell When Your Septic Tank Needs to Be Pumped Out

1. Sewage Backing Up in Your Home’s Drains

If you have sewage backing up into your home’s drains, such as the bathtub, toilet, or kitchen sink, it’s definitely time to have your septic tank pumped out. You will probably notice this on the first floor or basement of your home, as the drains that are closest to the septic tank will back up first. Sewage is full of bacteria that can be hazardous to your family’s health. At the first sign of an issue, be sure to call a professional.

2. Spongy or Soggy Lawn

There are times you may notice changes outside your home before sewage begins to back up into your home’s drains. Liquid waste will fill your home’s drain field, making the lawn feel spongy or soggy. The drain field is located below the lawn where the liquid waste from your home is released from the tank to remove impurities and slow down how fast the tank fills up. A soggy lawn filled with standing water is a sure sign of too much waste leaking out of a very full septic tank

3. Foul Odors in & Around Your Home

When you have sewage backing up into your drains or waste floating to the top of your lawn from the drain field, there will no doubt be foul odors surrounding your home, inside and outside. If you have offensive odors combined with sewage backup and a soggy lawn, you most likely need the septic tank cleaned out. If the only symptom is sewage odors, there could be other issues such as drain clogs or a blocked sewer line. Either way, it’s time to call in a professional sewer cleaning service.

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Contact Curt & Jerry today by calling (317) 266-0000 to schedule your septic tank service. We serve the Indianapolis area with our full-service plumbing solutions, including lift station pumping, high-pressure water jetting, garbage disposal unclogging, and more.

Source: “4 Signs You Need to Have Your Septic Tank Pumped.” Web article. Walter’s Environmental Services. 29 Oct. 2019. Web. 07 Mar. 2021.