Here at Sauer Septic, we often get asked how to tell when it is time to schedule septic pumping. There isn’t an easy answer to this question because no two families are the same, and while one might be able to go 4 or 5 years, another may need it far sooner. When we handle your septic pumping, we are able to give you a better idea based on what we find, but there are some tell-tale signs you should also be watching for that are common signs you need septic pumping and should call us right away to schedule it.

Common Signs You Need Septic Pumping [infographic]

  • Unpleasant Odors- A properly functioning septic system does not produce odors either indoors or even near the tank or drain field. If you do notice odors anywhere, it can be a sign that you need septic pumping, or you might also need repair work done.
  • Lush Lawn- It is a common misconception that a lush lawn over the septic tank and drain field is a good thing. It is actually a sign that the effluent is not being properly filtered, and that means the soil and groundwater is being adversely affected. A full septic tank can be to blame, so call us for septic pumping and an inspection of the system.
  • Backup- While not all backups are a sign you need septic pumping, backups most often happen when the waste has no place to go because the tank has reached its capacity.
  • Slow Drains- Before a backup occurs, you might notice that all the drains in your home are slow in draining. One or two drains is just a drain or drain pipe issue, but all of them means there is something going on with the main line or you need septic pumping done right away.
  • Soggy Yard- If you notice water pooling near your septic tank or drain field, there are many things that can be to blame, ranging from needing septic pumping to having a leaking tank or damaged drain field.
  • Contaminated Well Water- If you have your well water tested and it shows a high nitrate content, this is an indication that effluent is overflowing the system and making its way into your well water.