If you endured a long, wet winter, it's time to give your septic tank some much-needed tender loving care. This is particularly true if your septic field has been under a layer of ice and snow for much of the winter. The added pressure of the snow-pack could have really wreaked havoc on your septic system. To make sure your septic system is ready for spring, here are some maintenance tips you'll want to follow.
Start With an Inspection
Now that the ground is beginning to thaw, you'll need to schedule a septic inspection with a company like Mountain Valley Pumping. You never know if your septic system has sustained damage during the freezing winter weather. The additional weight of the ice and snow could have cracked the lid or damaged the pipes. Not only that, but the freezing temperatures could have left you with a frozen mess inside the pipes. Unfortunately, you won't know that without a thorough inspection. If it's been more than three years since you had your septic tanks pumped, it's a good idea to have them emptied while you're having the system inspected.
Install a New Septic Filter
Now that spring is here, it's a good idea to change the filter on your septic tank. A dirty septic filter can lead to some serious problems, including clogs and overflows. Your septic tank filter should actually be changed at least once a year. It's best to schedule that when the weather is warmer. In fact, you can have your septic filter replaced when you have your system inspected each year.
Adjust the Gutter Downspout
If you have rain gutters, now is the time to adjust those downspouts. You want the rain water to drain away from your home, but you don't want it to drain onto your septic field. Allowing your gutter water to drain onto your septic field can lead to serious problems. You might not realize this, but all that water pouring over your septic field is going to soak through to the seepage field. If that happens, your seepage pit is going to be overworked, which means you might end up with raw sewage in your bathtubs or in your yard. Avoid that problem altogether by adjusting your downspouts so that the water drains away from the septic field.
Don't get stuck with septic problems this spring. Give your system the attention it needs now that the cold winter weather has passed through.