Spring is finally here! And while we know that you’re surely ready for the change of seasons, is your septic system ready for spring? Spring tends to bring a lot of precipitation in most areas. If you’re not careful, this additional precipitation can put additional stress on your septic system. So, what can you do to get your septic tank ready for spring? Be sure to keep the following tips in mind.
- Repair the downspouts: Winter weather can often damage the downspouts on house gutters. As the weather starts to warm up, it is important to inspect your downspouts and repair any damage, always ensuring that the downspouts are adjusted so that they divert water away from the septic tank. Broken or poorly adjusted downspouts can result in greater water buildup in the soil around your septic tank, increasing the risk of a flooded drain field.
- Inspect your tank filter and drain field: Winter debris can sometimes end up in your septic tank, which can cause clogs. A clog in your septic tank – whether it is in the tank filter or the drain field – can cause serious problems. Before the spring rains pick up, it is best to inspect the filter and drain fields for any issues. If you notice any standing water or built-up debris, it might be indicative of a clog, in which case you probably will want to call in a professional.
- Get your tank pumped: Last but not least, keep in mind that as the snow melts and the ground starts to thaw out, you might want to look into getting your tank pumped. Ideally, this should be done every few years or so to keep your tank in tip-top shape and prevent any problems.
The bottom line is that taking some time now to get your septic tank ready for spring precipitation can mitigate the risk of an emergency down the line. And remember, when in doubt, it is best to call in a professional for septic tank maintenance.