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Signs Your Septic Tank Needs To Be Emptied

Your septic tank is probably not something that you spend a lot of time thinking about. However, it is one of the most important parts of your home. It has to be emptied on a regular basis in order to function at its peak. There are several signs that indicate that your septic tank needs to be emptied.

The Time 

You may not notice anything wrong with your septic tank. However, it may still be time for you to get your septic tank cleaned. Most septic tanks will need to be cleaned every one to three years. That is why if it has been more than a year since you had your septic tank cleaned, then you may need to schedule a cleaning.

Pooling Water 

It is normal for you to have a lot of water in your yard after a heavy rain. However, if you notice that water is pooling, and it has not been raining, then your septic tank may be the culprit. Your septic tank will start to leak once it has reached its capacity.

Slow Drainage 

Slow drainage is usually a sign that there is a clog. If there is a clog in your septic tank, then you probably will not be able to remove the clog with your plunger. You may also have a problem flushing your toilet if there is a clog in the septic tank.


Your septic tank will start to produce gases as it starts to fill up. These gases do not have anywhere to go. You may notice an odor around your home. If you smell an odor, then it is time for you to clean your septic tank.

An Overly Healthy Lawn 

A healthy lawn is something that everyone wants to have. However, if the area around your septic tank is green and lush while the rest of your lawn is not, then this is likely a sign of a septic tank problem.

Standing Water 

You will likely notice a lot of standing water around your pool. You should not have any standing water around your septic tank. Your septic tank probably needs to be cleaned if there is water around it.

Sewer Backup 

Sewage backup is a clear sign that your septic tank is full. A backup is inevitable because the sewage has nowhere to go once it reaches its capacity. A sewage backup is not only smelly and unsightly but it is also a sanitary concern.