It's the dirty secret no one wants to talk about, but if you have one, it's one of your home's most important components. Of course, I'm talking about the septic tank.
As a suburban gal who moved to a rural town, I can tell you first-hand if you forget the method of waste removal in your home, you'll end up with an unpleasant mess to contend with. Luckily there are some very easy ways to tell if your septic system is getting full, so you can get it looked after before the stench starts.
How to tell your septic tank is full and needs emptying
- Pooling water
- Slow drains
- An overly healthy lawn
- Sewer backup
1. Pooling water
Areas of pooling water in your lawn after a heavy rain is one thing, but a mini lake on or around the drain field of your septic system could mean it's overflowing. When your tank reaches capacity, solid waste can clog the drain field piping system and force liquid to the surface, so if this is what you see on the lawn, it's best to have your system pumped.