What Happens If You Don't Regularly Clean Your Septic Tank?

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If you are someone with a septic system, have you ever walked outside, stood in your yard, and thought about the tank and greater septic system that lies beneath your feet? There's more to this system than you might know. It's not just a septic tank. It's a system of pipes that carry waste water away from the tank, and it's also a drainfield, made from soil. The next time you call a septic service to care for your tank, watch them work and ask questions. Also, make sure you spend some time reading this blog to become more aware of the basics.


What Happens If You Don't Regularly Clean Your Septic Tank?

29 June 2023
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Cleaning your septic tank regularly is one of the biggest parts of having a septic system. What happens if you don't regularly have your septic tank pumped and cleaned? There are several disastrous things that can occur if your septic tank is not maintained, including scheduling regularly cleaned and pumped. Here are a few.

The Smell of Sewage

Sewage odors are one of the first things you will notice. The smell emanates from the septic system, and it will become worse as the septic system becomes more filled with waste. Eventually, the smell will become overpowering, and you will notice it inside your house and when you are in the leech field.

Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent the smell of sewage inside your home.

A Swampy Leech Field

In addition to the septic tank, the leech field is the most important part of your septic system. The leech field is above the tank and the wastewater that is not collected in the tank actually floats into the leech field. Unfortunately, when there is too much waste in the septic tank, which occurs when the tank is not cleaned on a regular basis, this can lead to an oversaturated leech field. In addition to causing damage to the field, the smell of the waste will be noticeable. Unfortunately, if the damage becomes too severe, the leech field might require a costly repair.

Sewer Backup in Your Home

Unfortunately, one of the most common and serious issues that will arise is sewage backup. When the septic tank and system become overfilled, the sewage has nowhere left to go, so it actually travels back up the pipes and into your home. The first sign will be a smell and eventually, the sewage will actually start coming out of your toilet and sinks.

This is a smelly and potentially dangerous problem that can easily be avoided by having your septic tank regularly pumped and cleaned.

Other Signs It's Time to Clean Your Septic Tank

In addition to the smell of sewage, a backup, and a swampy leech field, there are several signs that it is time to have your septic system cleaned. For example, the drains in your house will drain much slower. A professional can help you create a regular cleaning schedule based on the septic tank's size and the size of your household.

From the smell of sewage in the home to a muddy leech field, there are several things that can occur if you don't regularly clean your septic tank. For more information on septic tank cleaning, contact a professional near you.