Spring is here, which means it is time for spring-cleaning. While you’re scrubbing down your floors, clearing out your closets, and washing your windows, don’t forget to venture outside and give your septic tank a little TLC. Here are five septic tank maintenance and cleaning tips to keep in mind this spring.
- Change your filters. Each and every spring, it is a wise idea to change septic tank filters. You can do this yourself, or you can call in a professional.
- Schedule an inspection. A harsh winter can do damage to a septic system, especially if snow has been piled up over the system or the temperatures have been excessively frigid. For example, there might be a cracked lid or a broken cap that needs to be fixed. Therefore, at the beginning of spring it is a wise idea to schedule an inspection. This will allow you to detect any problems, issues, and damage, and address them before they become a disaster.
- Pump the septic system clean. Keep in mind that the best time to pump your septic system clean is late spring, once the temperatures have warmed up. If you pump too early in the spring, when the weather is a bit chilly, the ground may not have warmed sufficiently for optimal results. You should never try to pump your septic system clean on your own. Your best bet is to call in a professional.
- Keep an eye out for flooding. As the weather starts to warm up and all of that ice and snow starts to melt, the ground may be excessively damp, raising the water table level. This can make your septic system more prone to flooding. The best way to avoid any problems with flooding is to keep your eye out for puddles around the tank. If you notice puddles—especially if they are smelly—it could be an indication that your system is flooded and overflowing, so you will want to call in an expert ASAP. Remember, the longer you wait to address the problem, the more serious it will become, and the more difficult and costly it will be to repair it.
- Make sure your gutter downspouts direct water away from your septic tank. Again, it’s important to keep in mind that spring tends to be a wet season, which makes your septic tank more prone to flooding. If your gutter downspouts are directing water toward your septic tank, this will only exacerbate the flooding risk. Always make sure that your gutter downspouts direct water away from your septic tank
Remember, septic systems are costly. By properly maintaining your septic tank, you can ensure that it stays in tip-top shape and prevent having to shell out for costly repairs down