If it's been a while since you had your septic tank pumped, and you're not having any problems, you might think you're in the clear. Unfortunately, that's not entirely true. Just because you're not noticing any problems with your septic system doesn't mean everything is fine. It merely means that you haven't noticed the problems yet. The truth is that you could have problems that you're not aware of. Or, your septic system could be building up to one climactic failure. If you haven't had your septic tank pumped, these are the issues that you could be facing before you know it.
Waste Won't Stop in the Tank
Whenever waste goes through to the septic system, the waste will make it's initial stop in the first tank. The bulk of the solid waste will sink to the bottom of the tank, and the water will pass through to the second tank. From there, the remaining water will filter through to the seepage field. The system will continue to work that way as long is it's properly maintained. However, once the first tank fills beyond capacity, sludge will build up in the first tank, which will prevent the solid waste from being filtered through. As a result, all the waste will pass through the first tank and into the second tank too quickly.
Waste will Build Up in the Pipes
Once the waste starts passing through the first tank too quickly, the excess waste will back up into the pipes. It won't be able to go anywhere, which means it will just continue to pack up inside. You may still think that your septic system is working properly because the toilets are flushing and the sinks are draining. However, pretty soon you'll start smelling human waste coming up through the drains. That's because it actually is. If you don't have your septic pumped right now, you'll soon start seeing brown septic water and solid waste floating in your bathtubs.
Waste will Clog the Seepage Field
Once the problem gets this big, you won't just be seeing waste in your bathtubs. You'll start seeing it in your yard too. That's because the water that's passing through your septic tanks too quickly, will saturate your seepage field. Water is supposed to filter into the seepage field slowly so that it can be absorbed into the soil. Unfortunately, it will pass through so quickly that it won't have time to do that, which means the excess water and waste will come up through the soil. Once this happens, you'll be in need of a new septic system, including a new seepage field.
If it's been a while since you had your septic pumped, you could be sitting on a ticking time bomb. To avoid disaster, contact a septic tank cleaning company near you and have your septic tank pumped.Share