Signs that your septic tank is full
Look out for signs that a septic tank is full to avoid encountering unpleasant problems.
Septic tanks require little maintenance, and provide many properties with both an economical and environmentally friendly way to disposing of wastewater.
While it’s true they are low-maintenance, septic tanks still need to be inspected and emptied by a professional on a regular basis to prevent them from becoming a health hazard as well as keeping them in full working order.
Recognising signs yours might be full is important, but it is best to get into the habit of having a tank emptied routinely to avoid it ever reaching that point.
Indicators your septic tank might be full
A full, or overflowing, septic tank can cause a whole host of problems and damage that is expensive to repair.
With that in mind, if you notice any of the following signs then don’t delay getting yours emptied.
Pooling water: If you notice water beginning to pool on the ground nearby, then it has likely been caused by a congested, leaking or overflowing septic tank.
Problems with appliances connected to the septic tank: If you notice issues with how your toilet, washing machine, sink or drains are working, then it could indicate there is a problem with the septic tank. Common faults that indicate a full septic tank are slow-flushing toilets and water taking a longer than usual to drain from the sink, bath or shower.
A bad smell: If your septic tank is full, it can begin to affect performance by causing blockages, overspills and backed-up waste. All these issues can result in an unpleasant sewage smell that may begin to permeate your property or the land surrounding the tank.
What to do when your septic tank is full
If your septic tank is full, it’s important to address the problem sooner rather than later to avoid running into more serious problems and expensive damage to either the system or your property.
Septic tanks should be emptied by professionals using specialist equipment designed to do the job efficiently.
An expert will visit your property with a tanker to de-sludge and empty your septic tank.
Sludge removed from a septic tank can become a biohazard if it is not disposed of safely, something a professional company can do for you at an approved processing plant.
Ideally, your septic tank should always be emptied before you notice those signs that it’s full.
Keeping up regular maintenance of your system will keep it in peak condition and functioning the way it should.
The frequency with which your tank requires emptying depends on its size and how much it is used.
As a guide, most models need emptying once every three to five years, but smaller ones may require the same annually.
For further help or advice with the maintenance of your septic tank, get in touch with our team of experts here at OMDI by calling us on 01977 800 418.