As the snow starts to melt and warm weather starts emerging, don't forget to add septic maintenance to your list of spring cleaning tasks. In order to ensure that your septic system will operate at its best during the upcoming warmer months, there are a few things you should do as spring approaches.
Pump the Tanks
The additional groundwater in the spring, due to melting snow and increased rain, can mean excess water absorbed by your seepage pit, which could cause overflow issues if your septic system is full and has no place to direct graywater. In order to prevent this from happening, you should have your tanks completely emptied by a septic service as the snow begins to melt. This will allow plenty of room to accommodate the excess water that comes with spring months.
Inspect Exterior Drains
Most septic systems have exterior drains, called clean-out drains, that are located outside around the perimeter of the house. These drains are a direct route to the septic system. In order to ensure that excess water and debris don't flood into your septic tank, these clean-out drains should have the proper covers in place. Take the time to inspect your exterior drains, replacing damaged or lost covers in order to prevent your septic system from taking on too much water.
Redirect Water Sources
Your rain gutters are helpful for redirecting water away from your home in order to prevent water damage, but if your gutters are directed toward your seepage pit, septic system, or leech field, this can cause overflowing. Check your gutters and ensure that they aren't draining into your septic system's surrounding areas.
Identify and Repair Leaks
If you have leaky faucets or plumbing, you are inadvertently sending excess water to your septic system, which could result in it taking on too much water and overflowing. In order to ensure that you are utilizing the most space in your septic tank, engage in a thorough inspection of your faucets and pipes and repair any leaks that you find. If you aren't sure if you have leaks, try placing a cup beneath the faucets overnight. In the morning, if the cup is full, you will know that you have a leak that needs to be repaired.
Read more here, and follow these simple tips to prepare your septic system for spring; you will decrease the probability of your septic tank overflowing, and ensure safe and healthy operations all through the spring and the summer.