Did you know most septic tank problems are caused by a lack of maintenance throughout the year?
If your home or business has a septic system, a little preparation can go a long way toward keeping it running smoothly as we ease into the cooler months.
Here are three simple tips for safeguarding your septic system this season:
- Have your tank serviced every 1 to 3 years.
Regular maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to maintain the health of your septic system—and fall is a great time to service your tank. Routine inspections ensure that small problems or issues don’t get out of hand, which means you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you won’t wake up to a disaster.
- Clear the ground around your septic tank.
Are the lounge chairs still hanging around from summer? What about the yard work tools and equipment left on the lawn? All of these things, as well as leaves and other natural debris, should be cleared from the area around your septic cover and leach field to ensure your system is easily accessible in an emergency. Move heavy vehicles such as lawnmowers and automobiles that can damage your tank and drain lines if parked above your system.
- Be water wise.
Install low-flow water fixtures and repair leaky faucets and toilets to help conserve water and avoid putting added strain on your septic system during fall and winter. In addition, survey your yard and do your best to divert other waters sources (e.g. surface water, sump pumps, downspouts) away from your septic system.
One final word of caution: don’t treat your toilet like a garbage can.
The more you put down your septic, the more often you will have to get it pumped. Keep out solid objects as much as possible, including food from your garbage disposal, paper towels, medications and other trash that can clog the system and prevent proper draining; only septic-safe toilet paper should be used. Check out our “Dirty Dozen” list of cleaning products and other harmful materials that should NEVER go down your drain.
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Seasonal maintenance is one of the best ways to make sure you get the most out of your septic system investment. Even though winter temperatures in the Phoenix Valley area average in the mid 60s, we still recommend taking these simple precautions to protect and preserve the life of your system.
Still have questions? Give us a call! At Paradise Septic our experienced technicians are ready and waiting to help you with all of your septic system needs.