There’s never been a better time for septic tank maintenance than there is in the summer months. The soil is softer, the grass is greener and whatever damage is don’t quickly by the time it’s OK to go back to their college programs.
Here are some tips for you in terms of how to handle your summer septic system maintenance.
Be conscious of your water usage
In the summer, your water usage almost always takes a jump largely due to the demand that you’ll have for it. There’s lots of reasons for this – whether it’s your kids playing outside or having guests that aren’t quite as courteous with the water bill as you are.
An offshoot of that problem isn’t a jump in the bill so much as it can be an overworked septic system. Because of this, it’s important to be a little more conservative with your water use in your home.
Believe it or not, planning in and around your septic tank is a pretty important thing. Root systems can interfere with pipelines and cause serious damage not only to your home’s infrastructure, but to your lawn and landscape as well. Be careful about what you plant and where and try to future-plan for any unexpected growth occurrences.
Pump your tank before the winter
It might seem kind of absurd, but tanks should be pumped every 3-5 years and if there’s a time to do it – it’s the summer time. Simply put, your tank more accessible in the summer without having to deal with frost heaves and frozen soil. Even if the plan isn’t to do a full tank drainage, the best time to do your touch up work will be in the summer – not the winter. Winter months are better served for doing prep work.
Keeping up on your septic tank can seem like a lot of work! Keep to these tips though – and you should ne able to manage over time and deal with the usual consequences of those hot, humid summer months.