With Memorial Day weekend upon us, summer has truly arrived. We’ve already been noticing warmer weather and the spring rain has even let up a little. During the summer time, most people spend a fair amount of time outside, landscaping, doing work around the yard, and enjoying outdoor parties. During the summer, it’s important to remember your septic system and its unique needs to avoid any problems. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you keep your septic system in good working order throughout the summer months.
During the summer, your water usage is likely to be higher than the rest of the year. People are more likely to have visitors in the summer. Additionally, the kids are home all day, leading to more frequent usage. Because the summer is hot and people often spend more time outside, you and your family are more likely to take more frequent showers and run the washing machine more frequently. The result of this increase in water usage can be an overworked septic system if you’re not careful. For this reason, it’s important to conserve water in your home. Wash clothing in stages and make sure your showers are staggered well to avoid stressing your septic system. Click here for more easy tips on conserving water in your home.
Landscape With Care
When landscaping in the summer, it’s important to consider your septic tank. Never plant trees or plants with deep roots anywhere near your septic system, as the roots can grow through the pipes and cause serious damage. You should also avoid planting anything edible near your septic system, as your septic waste can contaminate these plants. In general, the only thing you should plant over your septic tank and drain field is grass to avoid any issues. Click here for tips on landscaping with your septic system in mind.
Watch Where You Park
During the summer, you might have parties or multiple guests, leaving limited space for parking. Often times, people will have guests parking on their lawn. However, it’s important to make sure that no one parks over your septic system. When anything heavy sits on your drain field, it can compact the soil, which will leave it unable to properly treat wastewater. The result of this compaction can be contaminated groundwater and a failing drain field. To avoid these issues, make sure no one parks over your drain field and avoid placing any heavy equipment, such as a riding lawn mower, over your drain field.
Plan Pool Installations Carefully
Often times, the summer heat inspires people to install a pool in their yard. It is highly unlikely that an in ground pool would be installed anywhere near your septic system. However, many people forget that above ground pools should not be placed over your septic system. If your pool is placed over the system, professionals will not be able to access the tank for maintenance. Additionally, the weight of the pool can compact the soil in the drain field and damage it. You should also place an above ground pool far enough away from your septic system that any water spillage will not flood your drain field, which can overwork it and lead to permanent damage.
Educate Your Guests
Most people have more guests in the summer, both as daily visitors and long-term guests. It’s important to inform your guests of your septic system. Make sure they know what they can and can’t flush down the toilet. In general, let them know that toilet paper, human waste, and water are really the only things that should go down the drain. For a complete guide of what you can and can’t flush down the toilet, click here. It’s important to let your guests know that items they might flush down a sewer system can damage a septic tank, such as feminine hygiene products and animal waste.
Pump Your Tank Before Winter
Your septic tank needs to be pumped every 3-5 years, depending on your usage and the age of the tank. If your septic tank is due to be pumped some time this year, you should get it pumped now. During the winter, snow covering and the frozen ground makes it difficult for professionals to reach your septic tank. It is significantly easier and less time consuming to pump your septic tank in the warmer months. For this reason, you should pump your septic tank during the summer if it’s anywhere near full to avoid problems when winter hits. Because the cold weather always sets in sooner than we expect, you should get your tank pumped while it’s still warm.
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A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, drains, and more.
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