Is Your Septic Tank Too Small For Your Family's Needs? How Septic Pumping Services Can Help

Residential septic systems are typically designed to accommodate the expected sewage disposal needs of a particular house, using the number of bedrooms and the overall square footage as a gauge to project the number of occupants expected to reside in the home. While this method for determining septic system size may work as a general theory, it can leave larger families at risk of dealing with problems related to an undersized septic system.

When a septic system is too small for the amount of wastewater and solids produced in the home, the septic tank can become less efficient at digesting the waste and producing effluent. Large quantities of improperly processed wastewater can quickly overwhelm the drain field, setting the course for a complete septic system failure. 

Families who are facing this type of situation can use the following information to learn more about the benefits of septic tank pumping services to help them address their situation. 

Pumping can help to prevent sewage backups into the home

A septic tank that is too small to handle the amount of waste it receives is at real risk of causing raw sewage to back up into the home through the home's drain system. Homeowners who are struggling with an undersized septic system will want to be alert for any signs that sewage is beginning to back up in the home's drain systems, including: 

  • toilets that struggle to flush as efficiently as they should
  • shower, bath, and sink drains that drain slowly or emit sewage smells
  • floor drains that emit sewage smells or make gurgling noises

If these or any other signs are noted that could be related to a looming sewage backup, homeowners should immediately stop using the drain system and call a septic pumping service to pump excess waste from the septic tank. 

Septic pumping services can spot developing issues

Homeowners who feel that their septic system may be undersized for their family can benefit from scheduling frequent visits with a reputable septic system pumping service. During these visits, the septic system service technician will check the level of sewage in the septic tank and alert the homeowner if pumping is needed to reduce the amount of waste and improve the overall function of the septic tank. Additionally, septic tank service technicians are often able to spot developing septic system issues, such as leaks, clogs, or drain field issues so that homeowners can deal with them before the problem becomes larger and more expensive to address. 

Contact a septic pumping service if you notice any of these issues.