If you have a septic system on your property, then you know sensitive these sewer treatment systems can be. A septic system is designed to treat the waste and used water produced by the members of a household, rather than having it diverted to the municipal waste water treatment plant.
When installed correctly, a septic system will last the entire time you own your home – and then some. But, while these systems are very durable, they are also very fragile. Inside of the tank, an enzymatic process occurs to break down the waste. This environment is very delicate and must be properly maintained.
This is done by avoiding the use of chemicals in drains and flushing items that are non-flushable. In addition to the tank, there is a drain field buried in the yard. This is a configuration of pipes that carries the treated water away from the tank and into the ground soil around the home and yard.
The pipes of the drain system are extensive, and are vulnerable to any shifting or movement in the soil they are buried in.
During the spring time, the heavy rains can have a negative impact on both the septic tank as well as the drain field pipes.
Thankfully, there are things that you can do to protect your septic system from the April showers. Here are a few tips to follow now, before the spring season is officially upon us:
- Consider having a plastic septic tank riser installed if you currently have a concrete one. The plastic ones are much better at resisting flooding and keeping the extra rain water out of your septic tank. Too much water in your tank will change the enzymatic balance and waste will not be properly broken down. Plastic risers also allow for better access to the septic tank when it comes time for inspection.
- Make sure that your rain gutters are in good shape and are cleaned. Not only does this impact your roof and the foundation of your home but, it can also impact the drain field of your septic system. When your rain gutters are clogged and overflowing with rain water, the flooding can cause your drain field to get too soggy, which will lead to a shifting in the pipes.
Protect your septic system from damage this spring season by following these tips for managing April showers and heavy rains.