Protecting Your Septic Mound
At Septic Check, we do more than install septic systems. We also help people plan for them, pay for them, and properly maintain them. Many residential and commercial businesses alike are doing their best to maintain the actual function and operation of their septic systems. They’re regularly scheduling maintenance and pumping services. They’re monitoring their drain fields and taking necessary precautions through frigid temperatures. But what many septic owners neglect is the proper management of their septic mound.
Avoid Traffic on Your Mound
Do your best to avoid traffic on your septic mound. Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, this means that you shouldn’t be using your septic mound as part of your four-wheeling trail. If you can avoid driving your lawn tractor over it, that would be even better! Pressure can cause damage to the piping and operation of your system.
In the winter, don’t pack the snow down on your mound. It makes your septic more vulnerable to freezing.
Grass is the best covering for your septic mound. Mulch is also acceptable, but you want to avoid anything that blocks moisture. If you block water, water won’t be able to absorb into the dirt. It will encourage pooling. Using plastic under landscaping or using concrete on your mound can mean trouble for your septic system.
Pay attention for pooling water or bad smells. A septic that’s not properly draining, is getting backed up, or is otherwise not functioning properly can be a costly, smelly mess. Make sure that regular site (and smell) inspections are also accompanied by professional inspections from a trusted septic service company.
The more you can protect your septic mound from carrying unnecessary burdens, the more you can keep yourself from costly headaches down the road. If you need help deciding what do to to protect and care for your septic, talk to Septic Check. We’ll make sure you’re making the best decisions possible.