Troubleshooting Your Septic System

Ready For Warm Weather? How To Transition Your Septic From Winter To Spring

If you've been stuck in a winter freeze, you're probably looking forward to the warmer weather. While you're making your list of things to do this spring, don't forget to include your septic system. Here are a few simple septic system maintenance strategies you can use to transition your system from winter to spring.

Get Some Oxygen To Your Soil

If your soil has been buried under ice and snow this winter, your septic system might be suffocating. For your septic system to work properly, it needs plenty of oxygen. Unfortunately, it can't get that oxygen when your soil is packed down. Once the weather warms up and your soil isn't frozen any more, spend some time doing some aeration. Rent a portable aerator and loosen up the soil over your septic field. You'll get some much-needed oxygen to your septic system.

Have Your Clean-Out Drains Inspected

Even if your septic tank doesn't need to be pumped right now, you still need to schedule maintenance as soon as spring arrives. This is particularly true where your clean-out drains are concerned. While the soil was frozen, waste might not have flowed through to the septic system as effectively as it should. That means you could have some potential clogging issues that will need to be addressed. As soon as the weather warms up, schedule an appointment to have your clean-out drains inspected.

Reconsider Your Landscaping

Once the weather warms up, you'll be heading outside to work on your landscaping. That's the perfect time to pay attention to the needs of your septic system. If you have bare soil over your septic field, consider adding a layer of ground cover, such as fine gravel or grass. The added ground cover will help reduce rapid soil saturation during heavy rains. If you're going to be setting up an above-ground swimming pool or a trampoline, be sure to choose an area that's located away from your septic field. Too much weight and vibration over your septic field can lead to serious problems.

Monitor Your Exterior Drainage System

Finally, now that rain and snow will be replaced by spring rains, you'll need to monitor your exterior drainage. Septic systems can be devastated by seasonal flooding. Unfortunately, it doesn't take much water to flood your septic system, especially if the drainage around your home isn't monitored. If you're going to set up grey water lines, be sure they're not set up to drain right over your septic field. Also, turn your gutter spouts so that they drain in the opposite direction of your septic system.