If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about your septic tank until there’s a problem. And by then, it’s often too late! That’s why it’s important to be aware of the 3 telltale signs that you need to pump your septic tank. If you notice any of these signs, don’t wait – call Western Rooter & Plumbing right away and we’ll take care of everything for you. Keep reading for more information on when to get your septic tank pumped!
What’s a septic tank?
A septic tank is a large, watertight container that’s typically buried underground. It’s connected to your home’s sewer system and collects all the wastewater from your home. The septic tank breaks down the solid waste in the wastewater and stores it until it’s ready to be pumped out by a professional.
Although many homes in California are connected to the city sewer system, there are still a relatively large number of homes that rely on septic tanks. These homes are usually in more rural areas of California, or situated in areas or neighborhoods that are older than most and haven’t been connected to the city sewer system yet. If you’re not sure whether or not your home has a septic tank, you can check with your local plumbing company or the county health department.
Where’s my septic tank located?
Septic tanks, generally speaking, are located in the front yard of a home – typically close to the street or property line. Most septic tanks are made of concrete, but you may also find them made of fiberglass or plastic. If you’re not sure where your septic tank is located, give Western Rooter & Plumbing a call and we’ll be happy to help you locate it.
Why should I pump my septic tank?
Pumping your septic tank is an important part of maintaining your home’s sewer system. Over time, the solid waste in the septic tank will build up and eventually start to clog the system. If this happens, it can lead to a backup of sewage into your home – which is not only gross, but can also be very dangerous. That’s why it’s important to have your septic tank pumped every few years – typically every three to five years – by a professional.
Without regular septic tank maintenance, you could be facing some serious consequences – not to mention, a hefty repair bill! So, what are the three signs that you need to have your septic tank pumped? Read on below to find out…
Sign 1: Sewage backup in your home’s drains…
Do you have sewage backing up into your home’s drains? If so, this is a surefire sign that you need to have your septic tank pumped – and fast! A backup of sewage into your home can cause all sorts of problems, from foul odors to dangerous bacteria. Not only is this gross, but it is also potentially hazardous to you and any family members or pets that live in your home. If you notice sewage backup in your drains, don’t hesitate to give Western Rooter & Plumbing a call. We’ll send one of our certified professionals out to your home right away to take care of the problem for you – and we’ll even clean up the mess!
Sign 2: Slow drains…
A slow drain could potentially be a sign of many underlying problems, from a blockage to a tree root intrusion. However, if you’ve ruled out all other potential causes and you’re still left with slow drains, it could be a sign that your septic tank needs to be pumped. When the solid waste in the septic tank starts to build up, it can cause a blockage in the system – which will lead to slow drains. If left untreated, this can eventually lead to sewage backup (see above). A professional septic tank pumping will clear out the solid waste and have your drains flowing freely again in no time!
Sign 3: Bad smells coming from your drains or yard…
Remember when we said that the septic tank is located in your front yard?
Well… when septic tank systems overflow, they often do so in the front yard – which is why you may notice bad smells coming from your drains or yard. If you notice an unpleasant odor coming from your property, and you know that you have a septic tank on your property that hasn’t been serviced in a while, then it’s a good idea to have your septic tank pumped as soon as possible.
Pumping your septic tank is an important part of maintaining your home’s sewer system. Regular septic tank maintenance will save you money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs – not to mention, it will keep your family safe and healthy! So, if you notice any of the above signs, don’t hesitate to give Western Rooter & Plumbing a call. We’ll send one of our certified professionals out to take care of the problem for you – and we’ll even
What do do when you need your septic tank pumped…
When you need your septic tank pumped, it’s important to call a certified professional like Western Rooter & Plumbing. We have the experience and the equipment necessary to properly pump your septic tank – and we’ll even clean up the mess! So, if you notice any of the above signs, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
What does septic tank pumping cost?
Every plumber will have their own septic tank pumping prices, but at Western Rooter & Plumbing, we have an easy to understand price range for all septic pumping jobs:
Here’s our pricing list for septic tank pumping:
- Under 1,000 gallons pumped: $395
- Between 1,000 – 1,500 gallons pumped: $595
- 2,000 gallons pumped: $750
- Above 2,000 gallons: Call for pricing.