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Why Is My Septic Tank Full?

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A full septic tank can have different meanings for different people. Most homeowners’ think that the tank is only full when it’s backing up or overflowing out of the system. However, if a septic system is experiencing these kinds of issues, that indicates a larger problem with the system.

A septic tank starts out empty. Once the owner uses a certain amount of water inside the house, the tank fills to the outlet pipe where any excess wastewater flows out of, which keeps the tank level filled to that same level on a normal basis. So, a septic tank is always “full” to its normal level. It normally takes a
few days to a week for most septic tanks to fill to the outlet pipe.

When a customer usually calls about a “full” tank, they really mean that they are experiencing problems with the drainfield. If the wastewater can no longer flow through the outlet pipe, or can no longer percolate in the soil within the drainfield, then the liquids have no where else to go.

The key is – don’t wait to service your septic tank until you experience septic system issues. Septic tanks should be pumped every 3-5 years. Once your system starts showing symptoms of issues, pumping the tank may not resolve the issue.

If you are experiencing any septic system issues, or if it’s been a few years since your tank was last pumped, call our friendly staff today to schedule your septic tank cleaning. We are ready to help!

For 86+ years, Van Delden Wastewater Systems has withstood the test of time as the leading Wastewater System company, providing San Antonio, Boerne, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country with services you can count on now and in the future. 

Call us for any of your wastewater systems needs and let our professionals help you with your septic installation and maintenance requirements: 210.698.2000 (San Antonio) or 830.249.4000 (Boerne).

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