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3 Signs Your Septic Tank Needs to Be Emptied November 16, 2018

Kalispell, Flathead
3 Signs Your Septic Tank Needs to Be Emptied, Kalispell, Montana

Your septic system plays a role in every function of your plumbing system, from filtration to drainage. Septic tank problems make themselves known quickly, which is why you want to recognize when it’s time to pump your system. Identifying the initial signs will ensure you minimize the potential for problems and practice good habits to maintain your system.

3 Signs of a Full Septic Tank

1. Harsh Odors

Harsh or foul smells can point towards full or overflowing septic system. It may come from water poured out of your tap or shower, rise from drains, or even come straight from your yard. It means that waste is overflowing, which is unsanitary. Contact professional assistance and make sure to keep regular tabs on your system to avoid future complications.

2. Slow Drains

septic-system-valley-excavatingIf your system is full, water will naturally stand and seep down slowly. It’s most noticeable with shower and sink drains, though you may also notice it when flushing the toilet as well. Contact a plumber to take a closer look and don’t use any hard chemical cleaners that aren’t approved by a professional. In some cases, they can disturb the chemicals already in your septic system and require costly repairs.

3. Standing Water in Yard

If water doesn’t regularly pool in your yard following heavy rains, a sudden puddle of water can mean that it’s coming from below. Locate where the leach field is on your property. A full tank will eventually cause wastewater to rise to the surface. The extreme pressure can also burst pipes, and the smell and presence of waste pose a health risk to those around it.


Valley Excavating provides a wide range of excavation services for residential and commercial clients throughout Kalispell, MT. For over 20 years, they’ve dug pits for septic systems, helped with land clearing and site preparation, and dug driveways. Their experienced team brings the tools and expertise to complete jobs successfully, and you can speak with them today by calling (406) 857-2086. For a detailed breakdown of their services, visit them online.

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