3 Outdoor Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Pumping

16 February 2017
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If your home has a septic tank, you probably have it routinely pumped every few years to keep it from getting backed up. However, there is always the possibility that your tank could start overflowing or leaking in between pumpings. To determine if your tank should be pumped sooner, look for the following three signs you may find outside in your yard.

Strong Sewage Odor In Your Yard

When your septic tank is functioning properly, you should not be able to smell any sewage while you are outside in your yard. However, if there is a bad leak, you will most likely smell the raw sewage coming out of the tank.

As you walk towards the septic tank's area, take a deep breath through your nose to see if you smell anything. If you detect the strong odor of sewage, your tank is likely overflowing into the ground around it, causing it to seep up into the dirt above. 

Water Pooling Above The Septic Tank

Another sign that your septic tank may need to be pumped out is water pooling in the area above the tank. When this happens, it is most likely that the sewage is leaking out of the tank at a rapid rate. 

When checking for a pool of water and refuse in your yard, make sure you check at a time when it has not rained for a couple of days. This will give you a better idea of the source of the pool since you should not see any pools when the weather is dry.

Unusually Lush And Healthy Grass Above The Tank

Even if you don't see a pool above the tank, there could still be a serious overflow coming from your tank that could be absorbing into the ground quickly. To determine whether or not this is the case, look at the grass in the septic tank's area, and compare it to the rest of your yard.

If there is a leak, the extra moisture and refuse will make the grass above the tank greener and healthier. If you can see a noticeable difference in your lawn, there is a strong possibility that your tank is overflowing

If you notice one or all of the above signs in your yard, there is a good possibility that your septic tank is backed up, overflowing or leaking. If so, you may want to call a septic tank pumping service, such as First Class Plumbing LLC, as soon as possible to have them inspect your tank and pump it, if needed.