A properly maintained system should be pumped-out and inspected every 3 to 5 years. Advanced systems or ones that have pumps and/or filters may require service more often.
PROBLEMS SIGNS OF SEPTIC TROUBLE
These may show themselves in many ways but the most common is an unusual increase in your water bill. This may indicate a leaky toilet flap in most cases, which in turn put excess fresh water into the septic system causing the absorption field (a.k.a. field lines) to become over-saturated and incapable of operating properly. The recommended fix is to replace the toilet flap and pump the septic tank thus allowing drying-out time for the lines.
IS IT TIME TO HAVE YOUR SYSTEM PUMPED?
Another common indicator is a gurgling sound when the toilet is flushed or the washing machine empties or the bath tub is emptied. This is your sign that a back-up is forthcoming and it's time to have your septic pumped and inspected.
COMMON OUTSIDE PROBLEM SIGNS
Common signs outside consist of soft spots, smelly odors, weeds, and greener grass over the leach field area. The old saying is. "The grass is always greener over the septic tank." Well, that's not always a good thing. These signs are telling you that you may have bigger problems. It's best to get a technician out so they can diagnose your problem.
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Common signs of septic system problems are water stagnation (outside or near the tank) and a foul smell.