Knowing the difference between a clogged drain and a full septic tank is important. Each is a separate situation that has large differences in repair costs and methods, so understanding what to look for could save you some time and money.
At Texas Johns we understand that your finances are important and spending your hard-earned money on an unnecessary repair is something that you want to avoid. So, here are some approaches that you can take in order to determine if you have a simple clogged pipe or a septic tank that needs to be pumped.
How Many Fixtures Are Backing Up?
If you are in the restroom, washing your hands, and you notice that the sink is backing up and failing to drain, this is either one of two problems; your pipes or your septic system. While the source of the problem may be difficult to determine, we have a simple test that can help you come to a conclusion.
Run several of your fixtures around the home, then wait. If you notice that more than one fixture is draining slowly or not at all, then your problem is most likely the septic system. If this is the case, don’t begin to dump drain cleaners down your pipes. Getting in touch with a professional is key because septic backup leads to health hazards.
Is There Waste Backup or an Odor?
A simple examination of the backup sight and smell can help determine if your septic tank is full. If you are noticing that the backup is brown, dirty, or otherwise has an unpleasant odor to it, then the issue may not be a clogged pipe.
This is a sign of waste backup and is something that you should have inspected immediately.
Inspect the Septic Tank Area on Your Property
Sometimes, an inspection of the outside of your home can help you determine if you are dealing with septic issues and an overflowing tank. If you walk out to the area of your yard where your system is, take a look at the surrounding grass. If it is overtly green, mushy, or visibly pooling, then you can safely say that it is time to get your system pumped.
Look Into a Camera Inspection
If all else fails, most septic professionals will offer a camera inspection of your sewer line and pipes. This inspection will help you to best determine where a problem lies in your plumbing. After all, you may be experiencing slow drains, but no septic leakage. You could possibly have something stuck deep in your pipes that only a camera inspection is able to find. Yes, this is an additional expense, but it is always better to be safe than sorry with this type of plumbing.
If You Need a Septic System Pumped, Texas John’s Can Help!
Your septic tank and septic system can’t just continue filling up forever. Making appointments for scheduled septic tank pumping is important. Texas John’s has a team of professionals that will be able to clear your system in no time. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our services.