If your house has a septic system, you might be unfamiliar with the routine, seasonal maintenance that you need to do to keep it running well. Septic systems aren’t found at all houses. Houses in cities often connect to larger sewage systems and only need to maintain the plumbing that comes in and out of the house. As long as your septic system is well-designed and you do your part to keep it maintained, it will last long-term and will treat your household waste water well. Here are tips for checking your septic system in Alpharetta for the summer.
Study Your System
You will want to know the basic ins and outs of your system. The as-built diagram of your home should have an illustration of your septic system with details about the type of mechanisms in each area. Some septic systems are simpler than others, and newer tanks have risers at the ground-level system so that it’s easy to check and pump. Knowing about when the septic system was installed, the components of the tank, and where your drainfield is can help you prepare your septic system for the changes in the seasons.
Schedule a Regular Check Before the Heat
Most septic systems need to be checked and even pumped every 3-5 years. This changes if you have an older system, one that has problems, or newer technology. If you have a filtration or disinfectant system, you will need to get the system checked every year to make sure that all the components are working together seamlessly. A good time to check your septic system is in the spring, so that you can make sure that it transitions from cold weather to the summer without any issues. In the winter, many homeowners put insulated blankets on their tanks and perform other maintenance. You can have a professional check your tank before the hot weather heats up all of your plumbing.
Summer Things to Think About
Lots of summer activities can be dangerous to your drainfield and septic tank. Make sure that if you are doing any home renovations or yard work that you keep in mind where heavy machinery and new plants are going. Only plant grass above your septic tank and pipes. Roots can damage the system, causing leaks and ruptures. If you are driving any tractors or cars to get trimmed branches or other yard objects, make sure that you steer clear of the area by your tank. Compression of the ground where your system is mainly located can cause a lot of problems. You may want to consult our professionals to make sure your system is healthy all summer!