The average Central Florida septic tank needs to be pumped every 3 to 5 years. But many residents are finding their tank is filling up quicker than normal, which means they are having it pumped at least once a year, and some every few months. 

There are several reasons why your tank is filling up quicker than it should. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t ignore it! Figuring out the cause sooner, better than later, can save you significantly down the road. 

Not The Right Capacity 

The size of the septic tank is typically determined by how many bedrooms are in the house, each with one to two people living it it. Taking into account that each person used about 70 gallons of water every day. 

If you have more people living in the home or using more water, the septic tank will fill quicker than usual. Or the septic tank may be not the right capacity for your home. 

Overuse Of Water 

It doesn’t take much for a septic tank that is the right size capacity for your home, get overloaded. Activities such as dishes, laundry, baths, and showers use a significant amount of water, especially if done in a short amount of time. This combined with the amount of rainfall we have been receiving, can be a recipe for disaster. 

A Water Leak

You would be surprised to find out how much water, dirt, and debris can sneak into your pipes, increasing the water in the tank. Along with faucets and toilets that can be constantly running, adding to the problem.

Issues With The Drain Field

A drain field that is clogged may not be allowing water to properly drain. Causing the tank to fill up quicker than usual. Signs of a drain field problem include, foul odors, slow drains, gurgling pipes, and puddles around the drain field.

Chemicals Down The Drain

Putting harsh chemicals down the drain, such as bleach, some cleaners, paint, oil, solvents, and gasoline, upset the delicate bacteria balance in the septic tank. This bacteria is responsible for breaking down solid waste, without it you are susceptible to blockages and a tank that fills up quicker than normal.

As a leader in the industry, Orlando Septic Service, our work and customer service our top notch. We work with your schedule to ensure your septic service is working efficiently.