Preparing Your Septic System for the Fall Seasons

November 5, 2021 9:00 am Published by Writing Staff

There are plenty of fall cleanup chores to take care of around the house, from caring for your landscaping to cleaning gutters and protecting pipes. If you own a septic system, spending some time in the fall to winterize your system will keep it performing as well as it should throughout the coldest months of the year.

What are the ways that you can prepare your septic system when it turns to fall? Here’s a look at how to get your septic system ready for the upcoming fall season:

Insulate your septic system

One of the most important ways that you can prepare your septic system before fall arrives is to install appropriate insulation. This step is actually easier than you think and only requires a minimal investment in some landscaping mulch. Septic systems can get cold during the winter months, but adding a layer of mulch over the septic system area can provide protection from the cold temperatures. You could also let the grass over the system grow longer than usual to provide additional insulation.

Pump the system

It’s always wise to pump your septic system before winter hits. When temperatures get low and snow blankets the ground, the ground will freeze. Not only is it difficult to locate your septic system in those conditions, but it’s even harder to dig down into the soil. Reach out to your septic service provider before the cold weather arrives to get your septic system ready for the upcoming fall season.

Look for leaks

A septic system leak is a recipe for disaster. As you’re performing fall maintenance, be sure to take a look at the pipes both inside and outside the house. You should also check your septic system lid and look for any signs of damage. Neglecting to fix any areas of damage can result in frozen pipes during the cold months of winter. If you do notice any part of your system that requires repairs, reach out to your septic service provider for worry-free fixes.

Give leach lines a break

If your septic system includes a distribution box, fall is an ideal time to switch the elbow on leach lines. Changing the elbow gives that section of the leach field a break during the winter. You can switch back in the spring after the line has had enough time to recover.

Be mindful of your system for day-to-day tasks

No matter the season, you need to be mindful of how you treat your septic system to keep it working efficiently. Everyday techniques, like staggering the use of your appliances and being very careful about what you put down your drains, contribute to the performance of your system. Talk to your septic service professional for more tips on how to keep your system healthy all throughout the year.
Now that you understand the ways you can prepare your septic system before fall arrives, don’t hesitate to reach out to your septic service provider to do all the tasks you can’t do yourself. Contact Countryside Construction Inc. to schedule your fall maintenance appointment and to learn more about prepping your system for the cold-weather seasons.

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