Tips for Spring Septic System Maintenance

March 30, 2021 10:48 pm Published by Writing Staff

Spring is almost here. As the temperatures rise, you might notice that your septic system is giving you more trouble than usual—and if not, performing regular septic system maintenance is a great way to prevent it. Since most systems are located entirely underground, it’s all too easy to forget that they need a little TLC, too. However, failing to maintain your septic system can lead to clogs, backups and sewage spills.

In order to avoid these messy, hazardous issues, make sure you schedule spring septic system maintenance, which will involve completion of the following steps:

  • Change filters: Your septic system uses filters, which usually need to be changed once per year. Spring is a great time for this talk. If you’re confident changing your own filters, you can do so, but it’s a better idea to let the professionals handle it when they come to pump the system or perform routine inspections and maintenance tasks. To ensure that you don’t forget next year, mark your calendar with a reminder now.
  • Point your downspouts away: As the rainy season starts, your septic system may suffer. If your downspouts are pointing at the system or drain field, you may find that your system floods. The best way to prevent this is to point the downspouts away from the system and your home’s foundation.
  • Watch out for floods: Spring usually brings a higher water table. If your area is prone to heavy rain or flooding, be sure to keep a close eye on your septic system. Make sure to call a professional septic system contractor if you notice flooding around the system or drain field. This could be caused by tank flooding, which can create a hazardous (and smelly) mess. Make sure to look at your tank and drain field areas at least once per week, especially if the weather has been wet.
  • Have your system pumped: Septic systems need to be pumped every three to five years, although you may need to pump sooner if your household is particularly large. Do you know how long it’s been since you last had your septic system pumped? If not, or if you’re new to septic system ownership, this is a good reminder to keep accurate records handy. Again, you should mark the date on your calendar in advance so you’ll never be caught by surprise.
  • Schedule a routine inspection: You should call a professional for a routine inspection at least once per year. Even if your system is functioning perfectly, they may catch problems lurking underneath the surface. Spring is a good time for this since the ground will thaw out.
  • Cut down on your waste: Finally, you can make a difference by adjusting your wastewater habits. Do your best to cut down on water usage. You may also want to reduce your garbage disposal and toilet paper usage—these solids pile up and may require more frequent pumping.

For assistance with your septic system maintenance and pumping, call Countryside Construction, Inc. today.

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