Three Symptoms Of An Overflowing Septic Tank That You Shouldn't Ignore

Septic tanks provide a lot of freedom for their owners. In many parts of the country, they are the only viable option for waste disposal, but they also need to get pumped out every once in a while. Unless you have your own waste treatment plan on-site, which not many people do, then calling in the experts to come and drain out your tank every few months (or less, if you have a larger family or smaller tank) is a requirement. Here are three symptoms of an overflowing septic tank you do not want to ignore, or you may find yourself knee-deep in wastewater before long.

Horrific Smell

Often, you will smell problems with your septic tanks before you can see them, and everyone who has had a septic tank issue in the past knows that this is not an aroma you forget quickly. Septic tank pumping services need to be called as soon as possible when the hairs in your nose start to recoil in fright, as your waste system is likely already overflowing. Big leaks that you can smell might require more than just a good pumping, they may require a full clean-out and potentially some repair work as well.

Explosive Garden Growth Around The Waste Tank

Sometimes the septic tank will leak just a little bit so as not to cause a big smell that you would quickly identify, which allows the plants above and around the tank to absorb the nutrients. This leads to quite an explosive growth in the plant life in that area, especially if there wasn't much around before. If you notice a patch of grass abnormally flourishing above the septic tank, then you should immediately be suspicious as to what is causing that growth, especially if it is very different from the rest of the growing patterns around your property.

Backing Up Facilities

Sometimes your septic tank can be so full that it backs up all the way into your home's plumbing. If you can't seem to flush the toilet, or water is pooling in your shower or sinks, then you may need emergency help. You should not touch the water if you can help it as it is likely already contaminated. Sometimes this can be due to a big blockage in your pipes. Septic tank pumping should be done as a precaution, and then have an inspection of the pipes to see if anything remains obstructing the flow of your wastewater. 

Contact a septic tank pumping service near you if you notice any of the above signs.