You can find septic tanks under the ground in secluded areas of your property. Septic tanks process sewage and seepage from sinks, bathtubs, toilets, and washing machines that come into contact with water. The tank contains a septic filter that strains solid waste before being pumped to an absorption area or leach field for disposal. If you have noticed these three signs, then your septic tank may be full:

Your toilet will not flush well.

This is one of the most common signs that the septic tank is full. When the septic tank fills up, it has to work harder and eventually will not handle all the wastewater. Your toilet bowl starts filling with water as soon as you flush, which can lead to the pooling of seepage around your septic tank’s absorption area or leach field.

A sewer smell coming from the drainpipe.

This is another indication that the septic tank has reached capacity. The septic tank should not smell bad because it contains bacteria called anaerobes which break down waste safely, but when there’s too much wastewater, they can’t handle it and start to emit a sewer odor from around your septic system instead.

You notice seepage around the septic tank.

When wastewater continues to accumulate, you will begin noticing seepage on your property. This seepage can be caused by overfilling, cracks in the septic system itself, or faulty pipe connections leading away from it.

If you believe that your septic system could benefit from professional septic tank cleaning or potentially need a new one installed, this is something you should leave up to the professionals. So give them a call, and they will be able to take a look and give you the advice you need.