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5 Signs You Need Septic Tank Service

Call Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing right away if you see any of these 5 problems on your property.

Septic ServiceOn the one hand, having a septic tank is nice because it saves you from city sewer fees. On the other hand, septic tanks do present their own maintenance costs and challenges.

For the proper performance of your septic tank, it is very important to stay on top of your septic service. Though there is of course a cost for professional septic service, this cost is minimal compared to the extensive and costly damage that a leak or overflow of your septic system could cause.

So how do you know when to get septic service?

Unfortunately, there really is no set formula for this, so you will probably have to invest in frequent service for the initial few years until you figure out your family’s usage patterns and how this affects your septic tank’s capacity. Some septic tanks can go a decade without a pump out, while others fill up in just a year or two. There are many factors that affect this, including the volume of water used, the amount of solids entering the tank, and the design of the tank and the drain field.

However, regardless of whether or not you think it is time for a routine pump out, you should call an experienced plumbing company like Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing for septic service if any of these 5 scenarios apply to you.

You Can’t Remember When the Tank Was Last Serviced

If you have just purchased a home with a septic tank, or if you suddenly realize it has been many years since you had a pump out, you should call a professional for a septic tank inspection. Getting regular inspections (every 1 or 2 years) is the single best way to make sure that your septic tank never overflows. The inspector will measure the level of fluids and solids in the tank, as well as check for signs of leaks or other problems.

Your Lawn is Suspiciously Lush

When a drain field is working properly, it shouldn’t be releasing a whole lot of water up into the soil where grass roots can reach it. So, if your lawn looks unusually lush and green right where the drain field is, this could be a sign that there is a leak or some other problem in the pipes beneath the drain field.

There is an Odor Problem

Septic systems should not make your home or yard smell like sewage. If you have a sewage odor problem, something is wrong and you should call Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing for septic repair.

Your Drains are Slow

An occasional slow drain is probably caused by a problem with that specific pipe or drain. But if all the drains in your home are slow, and drain cleaning attempts are not effective in solving the problem, a full septic tank could be to blame. It might also be possible that the main drain line into the septic tank has become clogged or damaged.

You Have a Sewage Backup

Of course, the most obvious—and the most unpleasant—sign that you need septic service is if sewage has actually backed up through your drains and into your home. Fortunately, you can rely on Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing to send expert plumbers to your aid ASAP to help correct the problem.

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