Nothing lasts forever—especially not an empty septic tank! Sewer and septic systems need regular maintenance just like most things in a home, commercial or office building. If neglected, and without receiving the regular attention it needs, sewer and septic systems can create big problems – big costs, and lengthy repair times. If you’ve got some big Summer plans for your house this year and you’re not sure the state of your sewer and septic system, it might be time to have a professional come by and take a look. Afterall, nothing cuts plans short like a faulty septic system. Here are common signs that your septic system may need some work.
1. Has it Been 2 or 3 Years Since the Tank Was Pumped?
How often your tanks needs to be pumped is determined by its size and how many people live in your home or use the building your septic system serves. All the same, two or three years is about as long as you want to go between pumpings and cleanings. If it’s been that long, it’s time to pick up the phone.
2. Are you Planning to Host a lot of Guests This Summer?
It’s about to be wedding and travel season. If your home is a destination for guests, that means your septic or sewer system is about to be kicked into overdrive. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s especially true when it comes to gallons of waste matter. If you’re hosting more people than usual at your home this year, it might be worthwhile to have your septic system looked at.
3. Have You Had Trouble With Tree Roots Affecting Your Sewer Line?
Trees are major mayhem makers when it comes to underground plumbing and sewer lines. We’ve talked about it before. Overgrown root systems add up to costly sewer repairs and cleanings, especially in Seattle, where undergrowth is rampant almost year round. If you’ve had trouble with tree roots in the past, and it’s been awhile since your septic system has been inspected, it could be a good idea to have a Seattle sewer company come take a look.
4. Does Your Lawn Stink?
We’re not asking if you’re disappointed with your landscaping. If you have to plug your nose every time you step into the yard, it’s sign that underground pipes are ruptured or that your septic tank’s lateral field is full, spewing smelly gases. Either way, a foul smell in your yard is never a good thing and almost always an indication that something is not right with your septic system.
5. Is Your Lawn Wet Despite Lack of Rain?
Nowadays it can be a little more difficult to tell in Seattle, but once summer is in full swing, your lawn should only be wet if you’re watering it. Soggy patches of grass or standing water in your lawn or yard are a sign that you have a ruptured pipe or septic overflow or failure. This is a problem that can extend beyond just your septic system. If you have a wet, soggy lawn with no sign of immediate cause, it’s definitely time to pick up the phone and call your local Seattle plumber.
Summer should be a time to enjoy your home and good company. Don’t let your septic or sewer system get in the way of getting the most out of the warmer months.