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5 Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Pumping


Not everyone is connected to the city’s sewer system. For some homeowners, living in the rural area means having to maintain their own septic tank system.  But why get your hands dirty when you can hire a professional siphoning service to attend to your needs? Imagine the beauty of having control over your water system but at the same time not having to deal with the dirty work it requires. What’s not to love about the idea right?

However, as with any relationship, there must be a give and take cycle between you and the plumbing professional you intend to hire. Making a phone call is easy; the trick is knowing when it’s time to call them in. Luckily, there are a number of ways for you to know when it’s time to get your septic tank pumped.


Pools of water

One of the first indications that your septic tank needs to be pumped is the occurrence of pools of water in different areas surrounding the tank. Particular attention should be given to the lawn, as this is where those puddles usually occur. This is alarming because it points to the fact that your septic tank has reached its limit. In layman’s terms, it’s full.

The water in a properly functioning septic tank remains inside its confines. The wastewater that has risen and pooled in your lawn signifies that solid waste particles have clogged up the drainage pipes.

Lawn condition

In line with the previously mentioned lawn area surrounding your septic tank, the condition of your grass can also prove to be quite useful as well. Get a good look at your lawn every now and then. If the grass in your drainage field appears to be normal and healthy, then it’s safe to say your septic tank is all well. In the instance that the grass appears greener compared to the other areas of your lawn, there is a possibility that your tank is full and the water is rising. It won’t be long before the puddles start to emerge as well.

Foul odor

What is that smell? Remember, all the waste and sewage you send into your drainage is housed in your septic tank. Be it in your kitchen or bathroom sink, shower, bathtub and even the toilet, they are all headed to one destination. When your septic tank is full, it may emit a foul odor that could disturb the peace in your own home. Getting a several whiffs of this stench should be enough for you to realize that it’s time to call the cavalry.

Slow drainage

Don’t you just hate it when you’re brushing your teeth and you can’t gargle because the water in the sink hasn’t receded? Sometimes, even with the use of high-end commercial products to resolve the problem, there seems to minimal results. Slow drainage is another indication that your septic tank is in need of some serious downtime. And take note, this occurrence is not only limited to your sinks and showers, but also to the toilet. We’re fairly certain a slow-draining toilet is the last thing you want to have on your list.

Sewage backup

Not familiar with sewage backup? Well, to put it in detail, it’s the black, slimy and foul-smelling liquid substance that surfaces from your toilet and drainages. As much as you try to practice good waste disposal habits, if your septic tank has gone beyond its storage capacity, sewage may still backup your drainage. Dealing with puddles of water is one thing, but rising sewage seems too great an ordeal for you not to be concerned.


Now that you know what signs to look out for, all you need is a reliable plumbing and siphoning professional who can and will get the job done. With RG Malabanan, you are ensured to be devoid of your septic tank woes. Taking good care of your septic tank will ensure the longevity of its lifespan and cost you less in the future. So look out for the signs, and give us a call when the time is right!

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