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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Septic System - 2020

Things to do at Home While you are in Self-Isolation - Part 2

Are you ready to tackle your Spring projects? Don’t overlook your septic system. A properly maintained septic system can last a lifetime. I have updated last Spring’s blog. Consider this your Spring Septic System Checklist.

1. If you had a lot of rain and snow this winter, or experienced any type of flooding you need to pay attention to your septic tank. Excessive water leaking into your septic tank can be very hard on your drainfield. Look for signs that dirt may have shifted around in your backyard, causing your septic tank to not be sealed properly. Check your tank cover and make sure that it is still securely in place.

2. If your tank is buried far underground, spring is a great time to upgrade your system. A septic tank professional can add risers to your tank to bring it up closer to ground level. This will allow for easier maintenance and monitoring of tank levels.

Click here for blog and video: How to Install Risers and Lids on Concrete Septic Tanks w/ Round Hole

Click here for blog and video: How to Install Risers and Lids on Concrete Septic Tanks w/ Square Hole

3. Redirect your gutters. Spring is a good time to look at where the water from your gutters is flowing. Reroute any gutters that are pointed in the direction of your septic field.

4. Shallow root systems are the best to plant on top of your system. These include grass or a flower garden. Avoid deep root systems, such as trees and bushes, as roots can grow into your system and clog it. Don’t park or drive on your drainfield as the weight can damage the drain lines.

5. Inspect your effluent filter. If you do not have an effluent filter, they are an ideal component for your residential septic tank. They prevent large solids from leaving the tank by improving wastewater quality, thus extending the life of your drainfield and the life of your effluent pump. 

Click here to see RC Worst Youtube video: The Importance of Effluent Filters

This is probably a good time to review all the do’s and don’ts of your septic system.

Click here to read a previous blog that I wrote during EPA Septic Smart Week in September 2017: Be Septic Smart 2017 Edition

Looking for that peace of mind of knowing that your septic system is working properly and efficiently? Call us today at RC Worst & Company for any of your septic system questions.

Next week's topic: Spring Cleaning Tips for Private Water Well Owners