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Five Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Emptying

Five Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Emptying

Let’s face it; It can be a frustrating job attempting to fix an overflowing or malfunctioning septic tank. Although your tank should be pumped, cleaned and regularly maintained, there will be occasions when it will need to be emptied immediately. Here, we run through the specific warning signs you should be aware of:

Slow Drains

One of the most obvious signs of blockage in your septic tank is if your drains are moving slowly or struggling to pass water. This is because drains can become clogged or full of sludge, creating a block in the system. If the sludge starts to build further, it could eventually cause the entire system to fail, so it’s vital to pump and clear your system before this happens.

Bad Smells

A septic tank is cleverly designed to gather all of the used water from dirty dishes, showers, laundry, baths, and even the toilet, however, this does tend to generate a lethal combination of smells. If your tank is leaking, overflowing, or in desperate need of a clean, the odour will quickly become unbearable. If your tank starts to smell even a little, it’s a good idea to have it serviced as soon as possible.

Pooling Water

If your septic tank has reached its full capacity, it’s going to overflow. This is due to solid waste clogging the system, leading to a sudden overflow of liquid at the surface of the tank, which in turn, will generate pools of water that sit on the earth. If a small body of water does start to appear, it’s important to have your system drained as soon as possible.

Luscious Lawn

Indeed, the grass may be greener on the other side, but when it comes to a septic tank, this is a visual warning that something isn’t quite right with your system. When sewage water leaks from the system into the earth, the grass surrounding the area will become unusually lush and green. It might look like a positive, but in truth, it’s a clear indication you need to service your tank.

Sewer Backup

If your system has become completely backed up with sewage, then it will need to be pumped immediately. Once the system has become full, it will no longer function correctly, leading to overflows, slow drainage, and worst of all, pools of water.

Aqua Rod Ltd began back in October 2001 at its first premises in Redruth. After several years of experience within the drainage industry, Andrew and his wife Julie Proud started their new family business Aqua Rod Ltd. Over the coming years, the company moved to Stithians and continued to expand whilst maintaining the majority of contracts they had from the beginning. Contact us today for specialist drainage services and maintenance.

Published by: David Parkes on: October 12th 2021