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At William Dustin Septic, we want to help you keep your home’s septic system functioning at optimal levels. An important part of our service is checking in with you for regular maintenance to your tank, which in most cases means scheduled cleanings. It’s best to set up a schedule of tank cleanings every three to five years, but if you are not on a schedule yet, here are some signs that may indicate that you’re due for a septic tank cleaning.

Septic Tank Cleaning in Lakeland, FL

One clue that your septic tank needs maintenance is the tank becoming blocked, causing water to overflow to the area surrounding it. This one is hard to miss–the strong smell will no doubt alert you. If you notice patches of water, especially foul-smelling water, appearing in your yard, call us at William Dustin Septic immediately to assess whether a septic tank cleaning will correct the problem or if more extensive repair is needed. It’s important to act fast to prevent the issue from turning into a more severe (and more expensive) problem.

Another indication that you may need septic tank cleaning is difficulty flushing your toilet. A toilet that is slow to drain may be caused by a buildup of sludge in your septic tank. As wastewater flows into your tank, it separates–any liquid or liquefied waste passes through to the drain pit, white solids or heavier particles like grease sink to the bottom and remain in the tank as sludge until the tank is emptied. Backups in your toilets, sinks, or other drains point to a septic tank so full of sludge that water can no longer pass through fast enough. If this happens to you, call our team at William Dustin Septic as soon as possible to arrange a septic tank cleaning.