While you’re in the “spring cleaning” mood this season, you should consider taking on some important maintenance projects around the home as well! For example, your septic tank needs regular maintenance to continue running smoothly.
Because of the changing weather conditions from winter into spring and the possible shifting of the ground, spring is a season in which problems with the septic system are likely to arise. The ground is also usually damper in the spring, which results in a rising water table that can cause issues for your septic system.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to schedule a preventative maintenance and inspection appointment with your local septic technician. Here’s a quick overview of what’s involved when you call Alvarado Pumping Septic Service in 95368 for maintenance.
First, you should check your septic system to see if there are any signs that there’s anything wrong with the equipment. Do you see puddles starting to form around the septic tank and drain field? This could indicate there’s something wrong with the septic tank that’s causing a flood, such as a clog or leak.
If you notice foul smells around the septic tank or the area around it, this could be a sign you have an overflowing septic system. You should contact your septic service to resolve this problem as soon as possible, because the longer you let it sit, the more problematic it will become.
Finally, check to see if you have any standing water over the septic tank cover. If so, this could be indicative of a clog in the system. Clogs should not be resolved using harsh chemicals. Instead, let a professional use their specialized tools to safely remove the clog and avoid damaging the bacteria balance in your system.
Steps to take
Regardless of whether you find any clear issues with your septic system, there are some simple preventative measures you can take that will help the system stay in good condition long into the future.
First, change your filters. Refreshing the filter once a year is a great way to keep the system operating as efficiently as possible. Over time that filter will fill up with gunk, especially after a long winter. You can usually change the filter yourself, but it also makes sense to have a professional do it if you’ve already got them over for an inspection or pumping anyway.
During professional inspections, your technician can uncover small issues that arise after a harsh winter and make immediate repairs to prevent them from becoming problematic. If you are due for septic pumping, the spring is the best time of year to get that done, because it’s best to get the job done before temperatures rise. Never attempt to pump your system by yourself.
Finally, make sure all your downspouts direct water away from the tank to avoid flooding, and be sure to clean all your drains so your septic system does not have to work as hard to pump water.
For more tips and information about emergency septic pumping and septic inspections in 95368, contact Alvarado Pumping Septic Service today.