The groundhog has promised us an early spring, and that means that it is safe to assess whether your septic system has survived another winter.
Your septic system is buried in the ground, making it vulnerable to the harsh winter weather and cold temperatures. When the ground freezes, loses moisture, or becomes saturated your septic system and drain field can suffer the consequences.
Over the next few weeks is a great time to make sure that your septic system made it through the roughest part of the winter, and is in good shape to handle the spring showers that are just around the corner.
Here are a couple of maintenance tips for you to do in the coming weeks to make sure that your septic system has made it through the winter without any major problems:
- The first things to do is to have your septic system inspected by a professional. Small problems with your septic system don’t always show symptoms until it is too late. So, it is important to have the system inspected so these little issues can be identified. Things like cracks in the tank and slow clogs in the drain field will also show subtle signs, until they escalate and a major complication happens.
- If you have standing water on your leach field, the pipes are at risk for shifting in the muddy soil. Make sure that your system for diverting water away from your property is effective. If you notice any standing water, have your diverting system re-evaluated before the spring showers arrive.
- Protect your septic system all year around by making sure that you don’t put harsh chemicals or other non-organics down the drain. These items can cause serious clogs but also they can damage the enzymatic environment of your septic tank. If your tanks is not efficiently breaking down the solid materials that are flushed into it, your drain field could become severely damaged.
A back-up of sewage into your yard is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Not only do you have to worry about the impact on your budget but, also there is an environmental concern and the municipalities in your area could give you a fine. Make sure that your septic system is ready for the spring months, and has survived the winter months by following these tips.