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When Should You Pump Out Your Septic Tank?

When Should You Pump Out Your Septic Tank?

Your septic tank allows for safe wastewater disposal, so keeping it properly serviced is important for you and your tank’s health and safety.

There are many signs that indicate it is time to pump out your septic tank; below we’ve highlighted the most common!

Flooded drain fields

Out of sight, out of mind: when you cannot see the wastewater, your septic system is working fine.

That means, then, that pooling water in the lawn around your drain field indicates that it’s time to pump your septic tank. Standing water occurs when solid waste clogs your drain field pipes and allows wastewater to rise to your drain field.

Look out for significant pools of water around your septic system and pump your tank as soon as possible!

Sluggish drains

man pumping a septic tankYour home’s drains may empty slowly due to clogs.

If you try using safe unclogging techniques such as septic-safe drain cleaners, but still experience a problem, it may be time to pump your septic tank.

Keep an eye on your sinks, showers, washing machines, and toilets for lazy drains that may show you that your septic tank is getting full.

Once pumped, your drainage system should return to a normal, more spirited speed.

Raw sewage backup

Typically, black and smelly, sewage backup is probably the most evident sign that your septic tank is at capacity. Raw sewage backup is very possible without adherence to a regular pumping schedule.

You can get sewage backup in your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets, calling for immediate professional assistance.

Pro Tip: Look for sewer backups in your lowest drains first, like your basement!

Unpleasant smells

The nose knows: trust your sense of smell to guide you for when you need to pump your septic tank.

Think of all of the water you put down the drain from activities like showering, dishwashing, laundry, and using the restroom; all of this water collects in your septic tank.

Your septic system includes both solid and liquid waste and thus emits rank odors as it fills up. Pay attention to smells around your drain field and above your septic tank.

In general, your septic tank should be pumped every three to five years, so if you can’t remember your last pumping, it probably means it’s long overdue.

When you know your septic tank needs pumped out, turn to Freedom Septic Services for sewage treatment, septic cleaning, and septic pumping in Sykesville, MD.

Give us a call at 410-795-2947 today to receive an estimate!

Why is My Septic Tank Gurgling?

Why is My Septic Tank Gurgling?

It’s something you don’t want to hear: the distinct gurgling noise of your septic tank, letting you know that something could be wrong. Homeowners everywhere know the heartache involved with blockages and backups, and so wish to avoid them when possible. If you happen to hear your pipes and septic tank making those gurgling sounds,Continue Reading

Caring for Your Septic Tank During the Winter

As the cold winter months usher in fresh snowfalls, freezing temperatures, and icy conditions, it is time to pay some extra special attention to your home’s septic system. Your septic system maintains your home’s wastewater, so it is important to make sure your system is ready for harsher conditions. Here are some ways to prepareContinue Reading

Septic Tank Do’s and Don’ts

Your septic tank is the foundation of your waste system. It’s how you keep your property’s hygiene up-to-code and how you manage sewage or any flooding. However, this well-oiled machine will only function properly with your help. Here are a few things to do—and more importantly—a few things not to do when it comes toContinue Reading

Why Does Your Septic Tank Smell and How to Fix It

Your septic tank is a well-oiled machine in your home, easily getting the job done without much maintenance on your end. However, it’s possible for septic odors that can’t escape properly to begin seeping up throughout your home. So what’s actually causing the stench and what can you do to fix it? A clogged drainContinue Reading

How to Save Water at Home

Many would agree that we take our clean water for granted sometimes and it’s easy to do because we are used to having it right at our disposal. However, it takes a lot of energy—and money—to ensure that our water stays clean and usable. Keep reading to learn how to be more efficient at homeContinue Reading

A Guide to Finding Your Septic Tank

You know what the issue is: it’s your septic tank. Something’s wrong, and it’s causing all sorts of problems throughout your property. Only problem is, you don’t know where it is! Believe us: you are not alone. Finding your septic tank can be easier said than done. That’s why we here at Freedom Septic ServiceContinue Reading

Get Your Septic System Ready for Spring Showers

It might not feel like spring just yet here in Maryland, but before we know it these snow showers will give way to the steady rains of springtime. We tend to get a lot of precipitation in the early weeks of spring, which can put additional stress on your septic system if you’re not careful.Continue Reading

Septic Tank Additives Can Do More Harm Than Good

We know that having a hygienic and functional septic system is essential for many of the homes and businesses in our area. At some point, you may have even heard that using additives can improve the performance of your septic system. The truth is, however, that using these septic additives isn’t always such a goodContinue Reading

Easy Ways to Conserve Water and Protect Your Septic System

If your home relies on a septic system, it’s a good idea to try to conserve the amount of water you use on a daily basis. Fortunately, it’s not that difficult to do. By slightly tweaking some of your normal activities, you can significantly cut down on your water usage and protect the health ofContinue Reading