Small towns and rural communities have long relied on septic tanks, because they didn’t have access to municipal sewer systems. This forces businesses and home owners to engage in regular maintenance like having septic tanks emptied, if they want to be able to take showers and wash their hands. Here are 4 signs a Leesburg, FL hotel needs their septic tank pumped.
Drainage Is Bad Across the Board
A single shower or toilet slow to drain may be clogged. This may be caused by someone flushing feminine hygiene products or diapers down the drain. You’ll probably figure it out when you clear the pipes.
When all toilets, showers and sinks are slow to drain, the problem is downstream. It may be a clogged wastewater pipe, or it may be a sign your septic tank needs to be pumped. Have the septic tank pumped out to prevent the horror stories of sewage backing up into hotel rooms. If you find that the clogs in the drains are solid biomass, have a septic tank pumping service out that day so that you don’t encounter the worst case scenario – raw sewage flooding into hotel rooms through sinks and drains.
You Can’t Figure Out Where the Smell Comes From
One bathroom may smell bad because a visitor didn’t flush it. If multiple bathrooms stink, you may be dealing with mold or poor housekeeping. If most bathrooms or sinks smell like sewage, you need to have the septic tank and/or plumbing system inspected as soon as possible. Sewer gas coming up through the drains means that there is sewage trapped in the pipes or the septic tank is so clogged it is about to overflow.
A related sign is that the drainage field smells like sewage. This may occur because of a massive influx of wastewater. If it smells bad all the time, the septic tank is at or beyond capacity and needs to be cleaned.
The Drainage Field Is a Mess
The septic tank drainage field should look like the rest of your lawn. In a dry season, the grass may be a little greener due to the water seeping into the ground. If the grass or bushes are far lusher than you’d expect, they’re getting too many nutrients from the septic system. If the drainage field is always soggy, the septic tank needs to be pumped. Don’t wait until the next rain floods the field and prevents your guests from being able to flush the toilet or take a shower. Pooling water around the septic tank is an equally bad sign. You can’t go wrong pumping the septic tank early, if the real issue is roots blocking a pipe in the drainage field. A septic tank pumping Leesburg Florida service has no problems finding out why your drains aren’t draining properly, no matter what the reason may be.
Your Alert System Is Going Off
Some septic tank systems have alert systems intended to warn you when it is reaching capacity. That’s why they are installed. If you don’t remember the last time your septic tank was pumped, it needs to be done. They typically need to be pumped every three years, though high volume businesses like hotels may need a septic tank pumping Leesburg FL service to drop by more often than that. This is why you must know the signs of an overloaded septic tank regardless of the date it was last emptied.