3 Signs That Your Septic Tank May Be Too Full

Posted on: 20 November 2019


How long has it been since you last had your septic tank cleaned out or inspected? Do you even know the date when this last occurred? For a lot of people, it is all too easy to lose track of such things because of the long period of time that can elapse between service dates. Because of this, it can also be extremely easy to forget that you even have a septic tank in the first place. If you can't remember how long it's been since you last had a professional check out your septic tank, here are some signs that it may be in need of care:

Strange smells: As your septic tank becomes full, the gasses created by the sewage are going to have more trouble escaping the tank. This can result in these gases being pushed back into your home. The result is a smell that lingers, no matter what you do. While you might expect that the smell would be of urine or feces, the odor signaling a need for a call to one of your local septic tank services is often little more than a musty smell not unlike mold or mildew. It could also smell sulfurous, like rotten eggs. Once you've verified with a plumber that the smell isn't because of leaking natural gas lines, having your septic tank emptied out as soon as possible is most likely to resolve the situation.

Damp yard: An over-full septic tank will eventually start to leak sewage solids into the surrounding ground. This can result in your leech field becoming clogged up and for there being nowhere for the liquid waste to go easily---except for up. If you have marshy patches of ground around your septic tank, despite it not having rained recently, you need to call a septic tank professional to clean out your tank as soon as possible. You may also have to have the leech field rebuilt. The cost of doing this rises the longer you let the situation continue.

Clogged drains: Sometimes, the first you'll know of a septic tank issue is that one drain simply won't drain. This is swiftly followed by another and then perhaps even by one or more drains flowing backward. While one drain being clogged is usually just an issue with the fixture in question, multiple drains being clogged means that it's time to call your local septic tank services to have the tank cleaned out as soon as possible.