Plumber or Septic Pumping Professional; who to call?
You are experiencing a plumbing backup in your home or business. No need to panic. Here are some tips on how to diagnose your septic backup.
When to call a plumber:
Try locating your septic cleanout pipe so you can diagnose the problem. This is usually a white, PVC pipe, which is three inches in diameter. The cleanout pipe is for inspection purposes only. A septic tank professional cannot remove the contents of your septic tank from this location.
The cleanout is generally located near the foundation of your home, between your house and the septic tank lid. Carefully remove the cap from the clean out pipe. If there is only an inch or two of water in the bottom of the cleanout pipe, this usually indicates that the waste from your home is not making it to your septic tank. More than likely, the cause of your septic tank backup is an issue between your household plumbing and your septic tank. This situation would be best addressed by contacting a plumber. A plumber has the proper tools to “snake” the plumbing from inside of your house and find the source of the septic backup.
Septic Tank Pumping:
If the cleanout pipe is full and contains backup from your septic tank, we would recommend that you contact a septic pumping professional, like Prime Septic. If you want to be sure that the cause of your septic tank backup is a full septic tank, you can uncover the lid to the tank and inspect the level of waste in the tank itself. An overfull septic tank requires a septic pumping professional. Sometimes the contents of the tank can seep out onto the ground surrounding your tank lid, causing a smelly and nasty area near your home or business. This is an obvious symptom of an overfull septic tank.
If you own a septic tank, it is recommended that you have your tank pumped every 3-5 years to promote proper functioning of your septic system. Regular maintenance and inspections can prolong the life of your septic system and can prevent costly repairs.