The air is getting brisk, the leaves are changing color and football is back on TV. That can only mean one thing: Fall is here. This also means it’s time to start preparing your septic system for the winter months ahead. After all, you don’t want any issues to happen to your septic system during the holiday season, especially if it was preventable with proper maintenance!
Performing the proper maintenance for the fall season is as important as looking ahead to winter. Here are some tips for how to maintain your septic system for the fall season.
Clean up the area around your septic system
One of the ways to prepare your septic system for fall is to make sure the area around your septic system is free of yard debris. This can be handled with some regular yard maintenance like clearing out fallen twigs, raking up leaves and making sure fallen branches aren’t blocking access to the septic system.
If left untreated, this debris could start to break down into mulch, which could make it more difficult to access the entry point of the septic system should it need to be serviced. You also want to avoid leaves or twigs falling into the tank, which could cause real damage to the pump and aerator in the septic system.
Don’t mow the lawn
Okay, this is a fun one. For all the active yard maintenance that is good to do for your septic system, there is one thing you can make a point to be lazy about. By purposely not mowing the lawn above your septic tank, you will be adding a layer of insulation to protect it from the temperature drop. Letting the grass grow to about 6 inches in height should provide a good amount of insulation.
Lower water use
Cold weather can be stressful, and that goes for the hardworking bacteria in your septic tank as well. To do your part in relieving this stress on your septic system, it’s important to reduce the amount of water flowing through the system. Not only does this mean being mindful of your water use, but it also means fixing any leaks inside the house as soon as possible.
Schedule a maintenance visit
Fall is a good time to schedule a routine septic maintenance visit. This will help ensure that it’s ready for the harder climate of winter. Your system should be inspected every six months if it has an aerator installed anyway, so it might make sense to schedule this as part of a regular fall maintenance visit.
By following these ways to prepare your septic system for fall, you should be ready for the winter months and holiday season ahead—without having to worry if the toilets will flush properly!
If you need to schedule reliable and trustworthy septic service for your property this fall, contact Alvarado Pumping Septic Service today. We offer a full range of septic services at competitive prices, including septic system maintenance for residential and commercial customers.