Spring Septic Maintenance Tips

Spring Septic Maintenance Tips

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the time to think of something you may not think of right away. Your septic system! Since septic systems are underground and predominately out of sight and out of mind, they are easy to forget about. However, as the temperatures increase, you may notice your septic system is giving you some problems. If not, spring is a perfect time to do preventive maintenance to ensure you do not. So, let’s ensure you avoid those messy issues when a septic system acts up. Here are a few spring septic maintenance tips to help!

Point your downspouts

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers and plenty of water runoff. As rain picks up, your septic system could suffer. If you have downspouts pointing towards your septic tank or drain field, point them away so that excess water isn’t headed their way. Water from overhead during a significant rain, plus the additional water runoff from your roof could cause your system to flood. Also, when rerouting your downspouts, ensure they are not pointed toward your house’s foundation.

Keep an eye out for flooding

Spring usually means a higher water table. If you live in an area susceptible to flooding, keep a close eye on your septic system. If you see standing water around the system or drain field, you will want to call a trusted local septic system contractor to help. Check your tank area and drain field about once a week, especially if the weather is wet.

Have your system pumped

Septic systems should be pumped every two years or as local municipal ordinances require. You may need more frequent pumping for larger households. Do you know when the last time was you had your septic tank pumped? If not, or you are a new homeowner, give us a call and get set up on a recurring schedule.

Schedule a routine inspection

Having your system inspected yearly is a good idea simply for peace of mind. A septic system professional will know what to look for and be able to guide you if repairs are needed. Even if your system works well, they can spot hidden problems lurking below the surface you can’t see.

Reduce your waste

You can aid in the health of your septic system by cutting down on your wastewater habits. First, reduce toilet paper usage (particularly with children who tend to use it excessively). Reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower as well. Lastly, if you have a garbage disposal, reduce how frequently you use it. Composting vegetable waste is one way.

If you are looking for a trusted, local expert to help with your septic system maintenance and pumping, call us! AJ McDonald Company, Inc; has a history of satisfied customers for over 80 years. We want to be your go-to source. Contact us today to get set up on a regular pumping schedule!