For long-time readers of our blogs, you know that plenty can go wrong with your septic tank. Backed up systems, poorly maintained tanks, and even environmental impacts can all damage your septic tank system. While we always preach the value of regular septic tank maintenance to avoid many of these problems, the reality is that sometimes there are events that are beyond our control. The result is a septic tank emergency. No one likes to think of these moments, but it’s important that you know what to do in case it happens to you. Stick around as B & B Pumping covers the basics of how to respond to a septic tank emergency.
How To Respond To A Septic Tank Emergency
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Prevention Is Your First Line Of Defense
If you want to do your best to avoid a septic tank emergency, the best thing you can do is work to prevent one in the first place. Don’t pave over the area that your septic tank is buried, and if possible, avoid even parking a vehicle there. The excess weight could strain your system. Avoid using more water than you need to, as the excess fluid could cause your system to overflow and fail that way. Similarly, do not direct drain water, or rainwater to toward your septic tank. The water could soften the earth around your tank, causing it to shift and form a block.
Recognize the Warning Signs
If you’ve followed all this advice, but you are starting to suspect your septic tank is having issues, it’s important to pay attention to the warning signs your tank is offering you. Use your senses to pay attention to signs like slow draining sinks and other fixtures. This could indicate that your tank is too full. If there are gross smells coming from your drains and toilets, this could indicate a clog or blockage. If you look out into your drain field and see standing water, your tank is likely experiencing a system failure of some kind. Perhaps the most obvious sign of a septic tank problem is water backing up into your drains, and flooding your home.
What to Do Next
If you’ve noticed these warning signs, the first step is to lift the lid to your septic tank and look at the water level. If the water level is lower than the outlet, there’s a good chance that your septic system is clogged. Don’t wait to address your septic tank emergency, as it can affect the health and wellness of you and your family. The next step is to call the leading septic tank pumping company in the Fort Worth area, B & B Pumping — we serve Fort Worth, Decatur, Azle, Haslet, and Weatherford. We can quickly respond to your septic tank emergency and make sure that your tank is working smoothly.
Schedule Septic Tank Maintenance Today!
You can avoid a septic tank emergency by scheduling regular maintenance with B & B Pumping, your local source for septic tank services! We specialize in both aerobic and conventional pumping systems, and can thoroughly clean your tank. We’re licensed to serve both residential and commercial clients. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!