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How Do I Know When My Septic Tank Needs Servicing?

If you have a septic tank, it needs to be pumped once every three to five years to prevent problems. This frequency can greatly depend on the size of the tank itself, the size of your family, and how much water you use. Once you reach that three-year mark, it’s time to begin planning for a service appointment.

Our team can help with all of your plumbing needs, including septic tank pumping in Sarasota. Of all plumbing services, this is definitely one you want to stay ahead of. Postponing septic tank service can lead to major plumbing problems. Keep reading to learn more about how to know if it’s time to schedule septic tank service for your home. 

Large Puddles

One sign that your service tank needs to be serviced is if there are large puddles forming in your yard without an explanation. For example, if it hasn’t rained and you’re seeing large patches of water, that’s a red flag that something is going on with your septic tank. Your septic tank is probably too full, and it is overflowing into your yard.

When you consider what is going into your septic tank, this can be very unsanitary, especially if you have children and pets who go into your backyard to play. Noticing puddles is a reason to call our team and schedule service for your septic tank – ASAP. 

Slow Drains

As your septic tank fills up and goes beyond its capacity, it cannot take any more water in. The result is water that drains slowly from across your home. You may notice that sinks and tubs hold water for longer. Toilets may flush more slowly, too. 

This isn’t just a nuisance. It’s actually very unsanitary. The water backing up into your drains can allow germs and bacteria from the sewage to enter your sink or tubs. Even after the water goes down, the germs are left behind. Bacteria can even enter the air you breathe and make it more likely that you and your family will get sick.

Bad Odors

Even before your sinks begin to drain more slowly, you may begin to notice bad odors around your home. If you have unexplained bad odors, your septic tank may be to blame. Water may be backing up into the lines, although it is not yet impacting the drains quite yet. The bad odors can be from sewage wafting up through the drains into your home.

These bad odors can bring germs with them, just like the water rising into your sinks and tubs. Any septic tank concerns should be addressed sooner rather than later for your family’s health and safety. 

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