Many homes utilize a septic system for waste management services. If your home has a septic system, it is not that different from being connected to a sewer system. However, one task that you will need to stay on top of is having your septic tank pumped before it exceeds capacity. How often you need to have your septic tank pumped will depend on the size of your septic tank and the number of people in your household. Getting your septic tank pumped on time is essential -- when a septic tank overflows, it causes a huge, disgusting mess. Some common signs that indicate that you should schedule a septic pumping service include the following.

Gross Smells

When the waste levels in a septic tank are well below capacity, you will never smell the waste. However, when your septic tank is nearly full and in danger of overflowing, the smell of raw, untreated sewage can begin wafting through your pipes and flowing through drains into your home. The smell of raw sewage is very unpleasant -- no one wants to smell it when walking through their home. Any time you smell sewage in your home, have your septic tank inspected and schedule pumping services as soon as possible.

Toilet Troubles

If your home uses a septic system, it is in your best interest to pay close attention to how your toilets flush. When waste levels in the septic tank are at normal levels, the toilets in your home should flush without any problems or issues. When the septic tank fills up and needs to be pumped, toilets may flush weakly or you may need to flush more than once. This happens because the waste has nowhere to go since the septic tank is full. Getting the septic tank pumped will resolve the issue, and your toilets will start operating properly again.

Pooling Liquid in the Vicinity of the Septic Tank

Septic tanks are buried underground, but as a homeowner, you should know where the tank is located and inspect the area regularly. If you inspect the area where your septic tank is located and discover pooling liquid in the area, that is a red flag that your septic tank is overflowing. Liquid waste is supposed to be processed through the septic tank and into the drain field, but when the solid waste level in the tank gets too high, the liquid waste will begin overflowing into your yard. 

To learn more, contact a septic pumping company.