Your septic tank is responsible for removing wastewater from your home safely. Therefore, it is important that you ensure it is properly serviced at regular intervals. After all, the health and safety of your family—and your septic tank—is paramount. However, how do you know when your septic tank needs to be pumped out? While you could essentially follow a certain schedule—generally, it is recommended to have the tank pumped every three to five years—wouldn't it be nice to know the signs of a full tank in the event that it starts filling up quicker than usual? Here are a few signs that you need to contact a service to have your tank pumped as soon as possible.

Your Drain Field Is Flooding

As long as you do not see wastewater in your drain field, then your home's septic system is doing its job. However, if you notice that there is water pooling in the lawn where your drain field is located, then your septic tank requires pumping. This standing water occurs when the solid waste in the tank begins to clog the pipes in the drain field, allowing the wastewater to rise up in the drain field.

Your Drains Are Sluggish

If you notice that your drains are emptying slower than usual, it may be due to clogs or a backed-up septic tank. So, first, you will want to try to use septic-safe drain cleaners to unclog the drains. If you continue to experience issues, then you are likely in need of a septic tank pumping. As soon as you have a professional pump your tank, you should notice that your drains return to normal speed.

Your House Has an Unpleasant Smell

Your nose is probably the best way to tell that your septic tank requires pumping service. Just consider all of the things that go down the drains of your home and into the septic tank. This includes wastewater from the dishwasher, washing machine, bathtub, and toilet; it's pretty nasty.

Plus, the septic tank holds both liquid and solid waste, and the odors that will fill up inside of the tank over the months and years can become quite unpleasant. When the tank becomes extremely full, those odors will start to come back up through the drains in your home and around the drain field, informing you that it's time for a pumping.

If you think it is time for your tank to be pumped, contact a septic pumping service in your area.