Talking About Preventing and Reversing Environmental Damage
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Talking About Preventing and Reversing Environmental Damage

Hello, my name is Vanessa. I would like to welcome you to my site about the environment. Growing up, I lived along a beautiful river full of jumping fish. The birds flew overhead, ready to catch their next meal in their talons. I watched as the wildlife lived in relative harmony along the riverbed. Unfortunately, as I reached my adult year, the river’s water quality and wildlife populations started to decline. Pollution was cited as the cause, which broke my heart. I will use this site to explore the way societies are damaging the world around them and propose solutions to solve this problem. Thanks.


Talking About Preventing and Reversing Environmental Damage

Signs Your Septic Tank Needs To Be Pumped Right Now

Sarah King

Deciding how often to have your septic tank pumped is not an exact science. Experts recommend having the tank pumped every three years or so, but every home is different—and the way every homeowner uses their tank is different—so there may be times when your tank really needs to be pumped before you've planned to have it pumped. Watch out for these signs that your tank needs to be pumped right away.

Odors in the backyard.

A sewage-type odor in the yard indicates that your tank is overfilled, and as a result, sewage is beginning to leak out before it has had a chance to break down properly. You're more likely to notice this odor after rain, since the ground will be wetter and material that is leaking may make its way to the surface sooner. If you notice a sewage odor, keep kids and pets out of the yard until you have the tank pumped, and make sure you avoid touching the ground or walking barefoot out there. You don't want to come into contact with any raw sewage.

Your drains are slow.

If just one drain is slow, you probably have a problem with that drain itself. But if all or most of the drains in your home are only letting water down at a snail's pace, this is a sign that your tank is full and needs to be pumped. Don't pour drain clearing chemicals down the drain or plunge any of your drains. This won't fix the problem and may make it worse, bringing up sewage into your sinks or causing damage to the plumbing.

The area around the septic tank is wet.

Puddles after a rainstorm are one thing, but if it has been rather dry out and you're noticing water pooling in the area around your septic tank, this is a sign the tank is overfilled. When too much solid waste accumulates in the tank, there's not enough room for liquid—so it flows out too quickly and floods the leech field. This water won't always have a bad smell (sometimes the water will spend enough time in the tank for the waste to have settled out), so call your septic service even if you have non-smelly puddles.

If you notice any of the signs above, keep your water use to a minimum until you're able to arrange for a septic tank repair professional take a look at the problem.