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How to Tell if You Need Septic Service | SepticSmart Week

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Today marks the end of SepticSmart Week (Sept. 19-23), an outreach program designed to inform and help septic tank owners maintain a safe and effective septic system.

Most urban dwellers never have to deal with servicing or pumping their own septic tank because sewage is treated at a sewage treatment. If you are looking to escape the city and buy a new home, make sure you know if it has a septic tank and where it is located.

Here are some signs that you have a septic tank:

  • You use well water.
  • The waterline coming into your home does not have a meter.
  • You show a “$0.00 Sewer Amount Charged” on your water bill or property tax bill.
  • Your neighbors have a septic system. 

Where is my septic tank?

If you know you have a septic tank but don’t know where it is located, then take a look around the property for lids and manhole covers. You can also contact your local plumber or septic system inspector.

Failure Signs – How to Tell if You Need Septic Service 

1. Unpleasant septic tank odors

If you smell the foul gases from your septic system, you could have a damaged or blocked vet, dry drains, flooded or full tank. In any case, you will need to call a professional for service and possibly pumping, but make sure there is no snow or other debris blocking the vent stacks. Keeping the vents clear will help prevent septic tank odors.

2. Wastewater, gurgling, and smell coming from drains

Odors and wastewater may back up into household drains because the tank is full, clogged, or the vent stacks are blocked. Regular maintenance and pumping will prevent this sort of problem.

3. Discolored, spongy grass on drainfield

If your drainfield has strips of bright green grass or the area is spongy even when it is dry, call a septic system professional right way.

Take care of your drainfield by planting only grass, not driving or parking on the soil, and keeping all plumbing drains (sump pump, roof drains, rainwater) away from the drainfield.

4. Pooling water and muddy soil near septic tank and basement

Excessive rainwater and flood waters can leak into septic tanks and cause flooding. Septic tanks often overfill during heavy rains. Ask your plumber in old bridge NJ about solutions to this problem. An additional drain can be installed to help divert the excess water.

Participate with SepticSmart week by educating yourself further on septic tanks and the sewage treatment process.

How to Be a Responsible Septic Tank Owner

Learn more on the EPA website and share these images on social media:

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