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How to check your septic tank levels

Signs of a Full Septic Tank

Regularly monitoring septic tank levels is vital to prevent overflow, which can lead to backups, foul odours, and potential damage to your property. In Bristol and Bath, where properties often rely on septic systems, staying proactive in septic tank maintenance is key to avoiding costly repairs and ensuring the longevity of the system.

Slow Drains: If you notice that your sinks, showers, or toilets are draining slowly, it could be a sign that your septic tank is reaching capacity.

Foul Odours: Unpleasant smells in and around your property, particularly near the drains, may indicate that the septic tank is full and needs attention.

Pooling Water: The presence of standing water or lush, green grass near the septic tank area can signal that the tank is full and unable to absorb additional wastewater.

Follow these steps to ensure your septic tank is operating at optimal levels

1) Locate Your Septic Tank

Consult your property’s blueprints or contact the local authorities to determine the precise location of your septic tank.

2) Access the Tank’s Lid

Carefully remove the lid using a sturdy tool or implement. Exercise caution to avoid injury.

3) Use a Septic Tank Stick or Probe

Insert a septic tank stick or probe into the tank through the access hole. Gradually lower the stick until you feel resistance, indicating the level of sludge and scum.

4) Measure the Levels

Mark the level on the stick and compare it to recommended levels. If the sludge and scum exceed the safe levels, it’s time to schedule a septic tank pump-out.

5) Schedule Regular Inspections

To maintain optimal septic tank levels, schedule professional inspections annually or as recommended by local regulations.

Regularly checking septic tank levels is a crucial aspect of responsible homeownership, especially in areas like Bristol and Bath, where septic systems are prevalent. By staying vigilant and addressing any issues promptly, you can ensure the longevity and efficiency of your septic system, preventing unnecessary inconveniences and expenses.

If you have any concerns about your septic tank a survey is wise because pipe repairs can be costlier than a new tank. Some companies offer visual surveys, but without inspecting pipework, the system’s condition is uncertain. Avoid those asking to empty tanks before a survey; we assess at the working level. Our initial inspection determines the need for an empty (around £150 if necessary), but most cases don’t require it, and there’s no extra charge for our return if needed.

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