A septic tank is an underground tank made of plastic, fiberglass, or concrete through which sewage or wastewater is passed for treatment by biological decomposition and drainage. The lifespan of a septic tank depends on many factors, including soil acidity, construction material, maintenance practices, and water table, among others. On average, a new septic system will last for about 25 years.
If you have a septic system in your home or office, here’s how you can spot whether your septic pump is doing its job.
1. Presence of Pooling Water Around Your Septic Tank
If you have noticed pools of water around the drain area of your septic system, this may indicate an overflowing tank. This is especially likely if it has not rained recently and there are no water pipes near the area.
If you begin to notice an unpleasant odor around your septic tank, this may be because your tank is almost full or overflowing, and septic pumping is needed. The odor may also indicate a leak, which means you should check it out as soon as possible.
If the grass on or near your septic tank is looking extra healthy, this may be because water is leaking from your septic tank. While the grass may be greener, it’s a good idea to have your septic system examined by a professional.
If you’re having a hard time flushing the toilets in your house, this may indicate that your septic tank is full.
If you notice that the lowest drains in your home show signs of backing up, you should get your septic system (and septic pump) examined and the tank emptied immediately.
In general, you should pump your septic tank at least every 3 to 5 years, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. Our team at Paramount Wastewater Solutions is here to help if you have any questions.