Things Are Warming Up: 4 Steps To Prepare Your Septic Tank For Spring
The calendar might show that you're still in the middle of winter, but spring will be here before you know it. With that in mind, it's time to start thinking about your septic tank. Not sure what your septic tank has to do with the approach of spring? Well, spring brings warm, wet weather, which can wreak havoc on an ill-prepared septic system – including sewage backups and flooding. Here are four steps you should take to avoid septic problems this spring.
Empty the Septic Tank
If it's been a few years since you had your septic tank emptied, now's the perfect time to take care of that. Starting the new year out with an empty septic tank will ensure that you have plenty of room for the additional water you'll use during spring cleaning. Experts recommend having your septic tank emptied at least once every three to five years. While you're having your septic tank pumped, be sure to have the seepage pit inspected. This will ensure that minor problems are caught early.
Clean the Drains
Now that spring is on its way, it's a good time to clean your drains. You might not realize this, but dirty drains can interfere with the performance of your septic tank. This is particularly true if you aren't having your septic tank emptied often enough. As your septic tank reaches maximum capacity, raw sewage and food particles begin to backup into the drains. When that happens, you'll notice an increase in household clogs, as well as an increase in drain odors. You can help move waste through to your septic tank by having the drains cleaned whenever you have your septic pumped.
Adjust the Downspouts
If you've got rain gutters attached to your home, you need to adjust the downspouts before spring arrives. Your rain gutters are designed to protect your home from water damage. Unfortunately, if the downspouts are pointed towards your septic field – the area over the septic tank and seepage pit – the excess water could flood your system. You can prevent septic saturation by adjusting the downspouts so that water drains away from the septic field.
If you live in a region that experiences heavy rain fall during the spring, you might want to consider going gray by recycling wastewater. Instead of draining your washing machine directly to the septic tank, run a drainage hose out into the yard. Running gray water out to your lawn, or flower gardens, will prevent oversaturation of your septic tank during the spring.
Now that the weather is warming up, use the tips provided here to get your septic system ready for spring. For more information, contact a company like Pete's Outflow Technicians.