Spring and summer in Georgia can come with lots of rain showers that help flowers bloom, wash away pollen, and help green grasses, shrubs, and trees flourish. When your property has a septic system, there are certain things you want to be mindful of during the spring and summer months. Spring is a great time to schedule a septic tank cleaning as you gear up for a summer ahead where you may have more visitors at your home and find yourself using more water than you may have in those winter months. Here are a few things to know about your septic system and preparing for those spring and summer rains.
How the Septic System Works
The septic tank is designed to hold all wastewater that leaves the home through the plumbing. That includes anything that flushes down the toilet, goes down the sink and tub drains, and even wastewater from appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher. All liquid and solid waste that ends up in the septic tank has to go somewhere. The solid waste typically sinks to the bottom and starts to slowly build up over time, which is why you schedule regular septic tank cleaning that includes pumping out of all solid waste every few years.
The liquid waste gets treated by bacteria in the tank and then moves through a series of perforated underground pipes called the drain field where it slowly leeches back out into the soil. The drain field, also sometimes referred to as the leech field, is also located on the property underground and the surrounding soil has bacteria that continues to filter out any remaining waste from the water. The area above the ground where the drain field is located should be kept free of trees and shrubs with long root systems that can damage the drain field.
How Weather Can Affect the Septic System
You might be wondering how the septic system may be affected by the weather when it’s what goes down the drain that matters most. When water seeps out of the drain field and into the underground soil, it needs somewhere to go. Springtime and summer rain showers can saturate the soil and make it difficult for the water to go anywhere. When water pools above the drain field, it can be a sign of flooding. If the water that is moving through the pipes and into the drain field doesn’t have anywhere to go because the ground is water-logged then it can cause a backup into the septic tank and, in serious cases, into the home.
How to Prepare for Spring and Summer Rain
Know Where Your Septic System Is Located
Because the septic tank and drain field are located underground, it is easy to forget they are even there! However, it is important to have an idea of where both are located on the property so you can keep the area safe and also watch out for signs of a septic emergency. You should never park vehicles above the septic tank or drain field because this can put too much pressure on the soil and the plumbing structures underground. You should also avoid building anything above the septic tank or drain field. When you landscape for the spring and summer months, you should also avoid planting any trees or shrubs with deep root systems because they can damage underground pipes and cause clogs.
Be Cautious of Increased Water Usage
In the spring and summer, you might notice an increase in your water usage inside the home. Whether you are taking more showers to get a break from the heat, or washing more loads of laundry after vacations, this can mean more wastewater going into the septic tank and getting processed. No matter what season it is, you should always be mindful of how much water you are using at one time. For example, try to avoid circumstances that would have you taking a shower, running the dishwasher, and washing clothes all at the same time. This can send too much water into the septic tank at once and push wastewater through before it has been properly treated.
Schedule a Septic Tank Cleaning and Inspection
Septic Masters, LLC, offers regular and emergency septic tank cleanings for all your septic system needs. Whether you want to schedule a routine septic tank cleaning and inspection or you suspect a septic emergency, our team is available to help. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year so you can get the help you need day or night, no matter what time of year. Call or visit us online to schedule a septic tank cleaning and pumping today!