Simple ways to keep your septic system in check this summer
Summer is finally here in Wisconsin! Time to get outside and have fun with family and friends and not have to worry about unexpected issues with your septic system. Here are a few tips to help you avoid problems with your septic system this summer:
Be Mindful of Water Usage
Your drainfield is designed to handle a certain amount of water, and activities like watering your grass, filling the pool, and doing laundry require the largest amounts of water. We recommend only doing a load or two of laundry at a time and if the little ones (or even the adults) want to play in the sprinkler, place it away from your septic system and drainfield so it doesn't become soggy. It’s always best practice to mindful of your water usage, especially when there's lots of rain in the forecast - your drainfield will thank you!
Choose landscaping wisely
Be careful about the plants you choose for landscaping the areas near your septic tank. Keep deep-rooted trees, shrubs and bushes away from your septic system and drainfield, because their root systems can wreak havoc on septic components and pipes. Consider smaller annual plants and flowers instead to ‘pretty-up’ your space.
Get summer party ready
If you enjoy hosting parties, then summer is your season! Before your party date rolls around, make sure your septic system (or holding tank) is ready for more than normal use. If it’s been more than three years since your last pump service, get it pumped a week or so before your event. Do it early just in case other maintenance is needed or something goes awry during pumping service.
This is also the perfect time to post a reminder in your bathroom that only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed down septic systems. Some guests may not familiar with septic systems so here are some items you may want to note that should not be flushed: paper towels, napkins, feminine hygiene products, condoms, disposable wipes, cigarette butts and plastic.
Are you due for routine septic maintenance or just have questions to make sure your system is summer ready? Contact us today, we are happy to assist.