Are you thrilled that winter will be over soon? Have you been making plans for everything that you're going to do once spring arrives? If you're like a lot of people, your septic tank probably doesn't figure very highly into your planning. When you have a septic tank, however, it is something that you should be considering at least occasionally. When you don't give much consideration to your septic tank, you might miss the signs that there is something amiss with the system. Watch out for problems like these during the upcoming warm year.
Flooding: You needn't experience severe flooding for your septic tank to be impacted. When the ground is saturated with rainwater, snowmelt, or river water, it's going to be nearly impossible for it to take extra moisture in the form of the liquid sewage runoff from your septic tank. If your home experiences even minor flooding this spring, you should seriously consider having your septic tank pumped out and inspected by one of your local septic tank services. Doing this will ensure that your tank is still in good condition and is ready to continue handling waste for now.
Strange smells: One of the first signs that your septic tank is getting too full is often a strange smell that emanates from the drains. At first, it may smell strange in just one room. You may even think that something is wrong with the drain itself. Despite your best efforts at using things to deodorize the drain, the smell will likely grow stronger and start to come out of other drains in your home. Since all the lemons and/or baking soda in the world won't be a substitute for having one of your local septic tank services come out and empty the tank, it's important for you to have that done as soon as possible.
Sluggish drains: Should one or more of your drains start running slowly, don't run to the store for chemical drain cleaners. First, consider having the drain or drains in question snaked out. It's possible that there is something in the line or lines that is causing the slowness, such as a wad of bathroom tissue and/or plant roots invading the pipes. When this is fruitless, it's time to call your local septic tank services to have your tank cleaned out completely. As a septic tank fills up with solid waste, the system will have a harder time adding more waste to the tank. This will result in the slowness you've noticed and can only be fixed by emptying the tank and starting anew.Share
21 January 2020
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