Now that summer is in full-swing, you want to make sure that your septic is protected. You might not realize this, but your septic takes a lot of abuse during the summer months. Without the proper precautions, your septic could start causing you some serious problems; one's that could interrupt your entire summer. Septic systems can backup, clog, or present you with foul odors in your home, and yard. Don't wait for problems to arise. Instead, take matters into your own hands, and make sure your septic is ready for the summer. Here are three steps you can take to protect your septic this summer.
Service the Septic
When it comes to protecting your septic tank during the summer, it's important that you start with a clean, well-functioning system. The best way to ensure that is to have your septic system serviced, before the temperatures heat up. The first thing you should do is have your septic emptied. This is particularly important if you haven't had it emptied in the last 3 to 5 years. You should also have your drains cleaned at the same time. That's because sewage can back up into the drains, and can lead to clogs, and foul odors. Having the drains cleaned will eliminate that problem.
Cover the Seepage Field
If summer rain storms are a normal occurrence in your area, you should make sure that your seepage field is protected against flooding. Flooding can lead to soil saturation, which can destroy your seepage field. If that happens, you may end up needing a new system. You can prevent that by covering the seepage field. The best way to protect your seepage field is to use the right type of ground covering, such as gravel, or decorative bark. This type of ground covering will allow the water to slowly seep into the soil, rather than soaking in quickly.
Start a Compost Heap
Now that summer is here, you may be planning on throwing backyard get-togethers. If that's the case, you'll probably be doing quite a bit of cooking, and food preparation. Unfortunately, food preparation and cooking usually includes the use of your garbage disposal, which can wreak havoc on your septic system. To protect your septic system this summer, don't send your discarded fruits, vegetables, and egg shells through the garbage disposal. Instead, start a compost heap, and use those food items for nutrient-rich fertilizer.
Protect your septic system this summer. Use the tips provided here to prevent problems.