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As the seasons change, many people find that it’s a perfect time to get work done on their home and property. It’s also a great time to take a look at any septic tank maintenance you may need! Septic tank maintenance is popular in the spring as things begin to warm up, and also in fall before freezing temperatures hit and your tank gets buried under snow.
First, it’s important to pump your septic tank at least once every two years. Failing to pump your septic tank can result in solid waste getting into the drainage system. This can cause sewage to seep into your soil. Not pumping your tank regularly is the leading cause of a failing septic tank. Two-year intervals are a good benchmark for pumping, depending on the size of your tank and how many people are in your household. Snowfall makes it much more difficult for a pump to access the tank, so it’s a good idea to have this done in the fall, or once things start to warm up in the spring.
Also remember that tanks or the lines running to them can freeze when the temperature dips. This can cause cracks or damage to the system. Not only that, but the bacteria that live in your septic tank and helps to break down the waste prefers a warm environment as well. The bacteria process waste slower when it is cold, so you should insulate with mulch or let extra grass grow over the top of your tank.
Repairing a failed septic tank can cost thousands and is a disaster in the middle of a snowstorm, or any time of year for that matter! Take a little time to do some preventative maintenance and prepare for the changing seasons. Learn all you need to know about septic system basics here!