Preparing Your Septic for Fall
Fall in Central Florida is almost miraculous; after a long, hot summer, temperatures become moderate, leaves begin to change, and football returns. Fall is one of the main reasons we all live in the Lakeland and Tampa Bay areas. With all of Autmn’s charms, something likely has slipped your mind. No, it’s not raking leaves or cleaning out your gutters; that something is your septic tank. It’s vital that you prepare your septic tank for fall. Why? Let’s delve further into the issue.
Inspect and Pump Your Septic Tank
Routine inspections by a qualified septic tank service can help spot minor issues before they balloon into giant problems. Fall is a great time to get your septic tank inspected and pumped, if necessary, to ensure it’s in tip-top shape for the upcoming holiday seasons.
Monitor Your Water Usage
Reducing the amount of water entering your septic system can expand its lifespan. You should make a routine to fix any leaking faucets or running toilets straight away. You could also install low-flow toilets and high-efficiency washing machines to reduce the amount of water flowing into your septic tank.
Avoid Overloading Your Septic Tank with Garbage
The less solid waste that goes into your septic system, the better it will work. Avoid putting items like coffee grounds, grease, and hard-to-break-down food particles into your garbage disposal. These items can cause your septic tank to fill up more quickly and could cause clogs.
Keep Heavy Items Away from Your Septic Tank
Be sure to keep heavy vehicles or construction equipment away from where your septic tank is buried. The weight of these items can push the ground down and potentially damage your septic tank or the drain field.
Clear Plant Roots Away From Your Septic Tank
Trees or large plants near your septic system may have roots that can invade your septic tank or the drain field. If you notice any such vegetation, consider relocating it or consult a professional septic service for advice on dealing with any roots.
Avoid Putting Chemicals into Your Septic Tank
Harsh chemicals can kill the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank that help break down waste. Don’t dispose of paint, oil, or other strong chemicals down the kitchen or bathroom drains, and don’t flush any down the toilet.
Have A Septic Service Clean Your Tank’s Filters
Some septic systems come with effluent filters that help catch debris before entering the drain field. Regularly cleaning these filters can help extend the life of your drain field and ensure the smooth functioning of your septic system.
Keeping a record of all septic tank inspections, pump-outs, and any repairs can be invaluable. Any records can help Septic service professionals better understand your septic system, which, in turn, can lead to more accurate service.
Prepare Your Septic Tank for Guests
If you’re expecting a higher number of guests in your home for Thanksgiving or Christmas, consider getting your septic tank pumped out before their arrival. More people mean more water usage, which can put stress on your septic system.
To Sum Up
Preparing your septic tank for fall in Central Florida is a preventive approach to avoid system failures and costly repairs. By following these tips, you’re ensuring the smooth function of your septic system and contributing to a more sustainable environment.
We Can Get Your Septic Tank Ready for Fall
If you live in the greater Polk County area, call us at 863-738-0504 or complete our simple contact form. We can get your septic tank ready for fall and higher holiday usage. Don’t wait; enjoy worry-free use of your septic system all Autumn long.