One of the critical components of any well-maintained home is a properly functioning septic tank. When properly maintained, a septic system provides an efficient way to manage all the wastewater that your household generates. However, just because these things are underground and out of sight does not mean that they don’t need occasional servicing. Septic tanks need to be pumped regularly in order to get rid of solid waste deposits that form on the bottom and top of your tank. These deposits affect the septic tank’s working, and their stress can lead to your septic tank having a short life. Instead of buying new ones and installing them again, which is extremely expensive, it is better to just maintain a regular septic pumping schedule. So how do you know when the time has come to get it pumped? Read on to find out some key signs you should always be on the lookout for.

Pooling Water

This is the one thing that everyone tells you about. If you find water pooling around the drain field of your septic systems, it can be an indicator of your septic tank overflowing. Another sign is if you see a patch of your lawn looking greener than the surrounding areas. This generally occurs due to the buildup of waste-water runoff accumulating and fertilizing the grass more. If you see either of these signs, it may be time to call a professional septic tank pumper.

Slow Drains

We generally ascribe slow moving drains and slow flushing toilets to a clog in the pipe. This is annoying for sure, but not actually important. And while this may indeed be the case a lot of the times, if your drains remain slow even after you’ve used unclogging measures and drain cleaners, it may be time to check the system. If it’s full, then it is time to get the tank pumped!


Your septic system does more than just collect the waste from your home. Even the water that you and your family use for showers, dishwashing and laundry goes into it. This concoction of waste and runoff water can stink to high heaven if left to mix for too long. If you feel like you need to hold your nose whenever you walk out of your house, it may be time to call someone to pump your septic tank.

Sewer backup

This is what most people think of when they hear the words “overflowing septic tank.” While this is an extremely disgusting and gross thing to think about, it will undoubtedly happen if your septic tank isn’t pumped regularly. When it starts happening, the easiest place to spot sewage backup is the low lying pipes and drains, such as those in the basement bathrooms. If this happens, call a professional immediately.

While septic systems are an excellent choice that help you save on local sewer charges, they need regular maintenance unless you want to be plagued by a host of problems. The good news is that they are relatively easy to take care of. Simply remember that anything you put down the drain will end up in the septic tank, and not all of it will be healthy for the system. Use green cleaners other products that are septic-safe and try not to overload the system with contaminants. Also be sure to get your tanks regularly pumped and cleaned. A well-maintained septic system can last anywhere between 30 to 50 years and save you loads of money, hassle, and heartache.

If you’re looking for professional septic tank technicians, look no further than Five Star Septic. Our friendly and skilled team will be happy to take care of your septic pumping issues. We will also inspect the contents of the tank and inform you about how well it is performing and how you can look after it better!