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Tips to Maintain Your Septic Tank in the Summer
Tips to Maintain Your Septic Tank in the Summer

Tips to Maintain Your Septic Tank in the Summer

Septic tanks are found in roughly twenty percent of homes in the United States, and you likely have one if you live in a rural area or off-grid. While an on-site wastewater treatment systems saves you from having to pay monthly sewer bills, the maintenance responsibility falls squarely on the property owner’s shoulders.

In this brief article brought to you by Rooter Septic Services, we share seven tips to help you maintain your septic tank in the summer. Remember, Rooter Septic Services is your full-service septic company. We offer everything from the initial septic tank installation to maintenance and even the eventual replacement.

Call Rooter Septic Services if you have any questions or concerns regarding your septic system. Our team is on standby to take your message today.

Regular Pumping and Inspection

Perhaps the most essential aspect of septic tank maintenance is regular septic tank pumping and inspection. The frequency of pumping depends on the size of your tank and the number of people in your household. On average, septic tanks should be pumped every three to five years.

Summer is an ideal time to schedule this service because dry conditions make it easier for technicians to access your tank. During the inspection, our uniformed professionals will check for any signs of damage or wear and ensure your system is functioning correctly.

Conserve Water

Too much water can overload your septic system, especially during the summer when we start watering lawns, filling pools, and washing cars. Implementing water-saving practices can help maintain the balance in your septic system.

Use water-efficient fixtures, fix any leaks promptly, and spread out laundry loads to avoid overwhelming the tank. Educating household members on mindful water usage can significantly reduce the strain on your septic system.

Mind What Goes Down the Drain

What you flush or pour down the drain can significantly impact your septic system's health. Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items such as wipes, diapers, and feminine hygiene products, as they can cause blockages and damage the system.

Similarly, refrain from pouring grease, oil, and harsh chemicals down the drain. These substances can disrupt the bacterial balance necessary for breaking down waste. Opt for biodegradable and septic-safe cleaning products to maintain a healthy septic system.

Protect Your Drain Field

The drain field is an integral part of your septic system; it is responsible for filtering and dispersing treated wastewater. Protecting this area is crucial for the overall functionality of your system.

Avoid parking vehicles or placing heavy objects on the drain field, as this can compact the soil and damage the pipes. Additionally, refrain from planting trees or shrubs with deep roots near the drain field, because invasive roots can infiltrate and block the system.

Monitor Your System for Signs of Trouble

Being vigilant about your septic system's performance can help you catch problems early and prevent major issues. Addressing minor issues promptly can save you from more significant, costlier repairs down the line.

Look out for signs such as slow drains, foul odors, gurgling sounds in the plumbing, and lush, green patches over the drain field. These indicators often suggest that your system is not functioning correctly and requires professional attention.

Maintain Bacterial Balance

The bacteria in your septic tank play a crucial role in breaking down solid waste. Maintaining this bacterial balance is essential for the efficient operation of your system.

Avoid using antibacterial soaps and harsh chemical cleaners that can kill these beneficial bacteria. Instead, use septic-safe products that support bacterial activity.

Some homeowners also use septic tank additives designed to boost bacterial levels, but it’s best to consult with a professional before using these products.

Plan Landscaping Wisely

Landscaping can impact the health of your septic system, particularly the drain field. When planning your summer garden or yard projects, consider the location of your septic system. Proper landscaping not only enhances your property’s aesthetics but also supports the longevity of your septic system.

Plant grass or shallow-rooted plants over the drain field to promote water absorption and prevent erosion. Avoid building structures like decks or patios over the septic tank or drain field, as they can hinder access for maintenance and repairs.

Looking for a Reputable Septic Company?

The septic system is a core part of a home, and septic tank repair is not something you want to entrust to an amateur. If you are looking for a reputable septic company with a track-record and uniformed professionals, then call Rooter Septic Services.

We are proud to offer reliable and affordable septic tank cleaning, repairs, replacements, and installations. Call or message us today to get in touch with a member of our team.