Important Steps To Take To Prevent Emergency Septic Pumping Situations

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In the United States alone, more than 21 million homes use septic systems instead of being connected to the sewer system. If your home is one of them, then you know how important it is to maintain your tank through regular inspections. But even when you are meticulous about ensuring those inspections take place, occasionally, emergency situations can arise.

At All Septic & Sewer, we’re here for our customers whether they need emergency septic pumping, inspections or routine maintenance. But there are some steps you can take to prevent emergencies, and that is what we would like to talk about here today.

Get Regular Septic Tank Inspections

Even though we already mentioned the importance of getting regular septic tank inspections, this point cannot be emphasized enough. A visual septic tank inspection alone typically isn’t good enough, and you want to make sure you get a full inspection. That way, any potential issues can be discovered and dealt with quickly.

Your septic tank inspection should include:

  • A complete overview of your septic system’s maintenance history if you have that available.
  • Providing information about any issues your home is currently having with the septic tank.
  • A visual inspection using cameras and mirrors to check the entire system, including its filtration and the tank itself.
  • Tests that involve flushing toilets and allowing the sinks to run water for several minutes to check for leaks.
  • A drain field test to check for any standing water.

Look For Signs That The Septic Tank Is Not Working Properly

But you don’t need to wait for a professional to check your septic system to determine whether or not it is working as it should. There are several things you can look for inside and outside your home that indicate a possible problem.

According to the CDC, you should watch out for:

  • Toilets that are draining slower than they should.
  • Sinks that are draining slower than they should.
  • Overflowing floor drains in your home.
  • Pools of water or even sewage outside your home.

If you notice any of these signs, it is an indication that you need to get a professional in to assess the situation. You may need emergency septic pumping, or you may just need some simple maintenance. But catching these problems early on can help you avoid bigger problems later.

Have Your Septic Tank Pumped Every 3-5 Years, Or As Recommended

Even if you get regular septic system inspections, it is still recommended that you have your tank pumped every 3-5 years. That is a ballpark number; and depending on how many people live in your home, you may need to have it done more often than that.

Your septic system is designed to keep any solid waste in the tank while allowing the liquid to drain out. If there is too much solid waste in the tank, it can cause leaking into the drain field. Fixing that issue can be expensive, and that’s what you want to avoid.

At All Septic & Sewer, we will work with you to determine the best time to pump your septic tank based on your family’s individual needs.

How Does Emergency Septic Pumping Work?

Septic pumping refers to the removal of waste and sludge from the bottom of the septic tank. If it is left to build up, over time, it can build to a level that causes the outlet pipe that allows liquid to flow into the drain field to get plugged.

In order to pump your septic tank, All Septic & Sewer will bring a larger tanker truck that has vacuum equipment. Our technicians will use a large hose inserted into the tank through the manhole. The hose will suck out the contents of the tank.

All Septic & Sewer: Professionals You Can Count On For All Your Septic Needs

At All Septic & Sewer, you can be certain that your septic tank is in good hands. With regular inspections and a regular pumping schedule, you can reduce your risk of running into emergencies. And in the event that you do run into an emergency, you can count on us to be there to help.

We care about our customers and want them to be satisfied with our services. If you’re in need of a septic tank inspection, if you’re facing an emergency, we can help. Please contact us. Also, don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page.

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