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A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a general contractor. We talked with this professional about building an addition onto our small home. At this time, he informed us about a problem with our septic tank. We learned we would have to relocate a couple of septic lines before construction could begin on our home. Are you considering building an addition onto your house or business? Before you get too far along in this complex process, think about consulting with someone from a reputable septic service in your area. An expert from a septic service can inform you if your current septic tank will be large enough to accommodate the addition. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks performed by septic services. Enjoy!


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How Can You Tell That Your Septic Tank Needs Cleaning?

Debra Chapman

If you own a septic tank, one of the biggest questions you'll have is how do you figure out if the tank needs to be cleaned? Even if you dig up the tank and take a look in the opening, it is always going to look full with liquid up near the top. Here are some signs that you need to have your septic tank cleaned.

Pooling Water

Some people end up having pooling water in their yard around where the tank or drainfield is located. The problem with this sign is that it could be due to a tank that is full or has a clog in it, but it can also be an indication that there is a problem with the plumbing or the drainfield itself. Either way, it is worth having a septic tank service company come and investigate the problems for you. 

Healthy Lawn

Have you noticed that the lawn above your septic tank seems to be thriving? The grass may be growing faster, the flowers growing taller, and overall it may be looking like it is a bit healthier. This means that your septic tank is overflowing and you are essentially fertilizing the lawn with your septic tank from underground. Your entire lawn should look the same throughout the year, and having a partially healthy lawn is not normal when owning a septic tank. Have a professional look into the problem. 


Is there an odd odor in your yard in the area where the septic tank is located? This is another sign that the tank is overflowing into the ground, and the odor has now seeped up through the soil where you can smell it. This is not a good sign, because the solid waste is not breaking down and it is leaving the tank prematurely.

Slow Drains

Observe how the drains in your entire home are moving. Are they fast like normal, or have they started to slow down? You may have noticed that the bathtub fills with water more when you shower or washing your hands is causing the water to rise and fill the sink. This is an indication that the water is having a problem entering the tank due to having too much solid waste, and that solid waste needs to be pumped.


Pay attention to the sounds that your drains make when water goes down them. Do you hear a gurgling sound coming from the pipes? This is a sign that the water is having trouble flowing through, and you could soon have a sewage backup in your home due to a full septic tank.

For more information, contact a septic tank service.