What to Do in a Septic Tank Emergency  

Any kind of a plumbing emergency can be stressful, but septic tank emergencies may just be your worst nightmare. That’s why you should always make sure that you properly maintain your septic tank and regularly check for any kind of potential problems in order to keep the trouble at bay.

However, if you still encounter an issue with your septic tank that causes slow water drainage in your house or some other sewage problem, there are two things that you should do immediately. Here’s what they are.

Check for an Unpleasant Odor 

A foul odor is usually the first thing you’ll notice if your septic tank is not working properly. If you smell rotten eggs in your backyard, where the septic tank is, or inside your house, coming from the pipes, then you should definitely inspect your septic tank, which leads us to the next step. 

Inspect the Water Level 

If the water level is lower than the septic tank outlet, then the pipe that connects your house to the septic tank may be clogged. If the water level is higher than the outlet, then the problem may be directly within the tank, but it could also be something more complex.

In that case, you should schedule an emergency septic tank pumping, so that you can easily identify the cause of the problem and find the right solution.

If upon inspecting the septic tank you find that the water filled its drain field, don’t pump it, because the pipes may break. Don’t try anything on your own, but ask an experienced professional to come by and inspect the situation, as they will know exactly what to do.

That’s the most important part about a septic tank emergency – calling in a professional to help you out. So, if you ever face such an emergency, find a reliable professional who will know whether your septic tank can be repaired, or it may need to be replaced.



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