Tips for Summertime Septic Maintenance

At Septic Check, we work hard to remind people to take good care of their septic system. If properly maintained and cared for, a septic system can last for decades. Ignoring issues or disregarding good maintenance principles, however, can end up being costly. 

This summer, whether at your cabin or your home, you have an opportunity to make good decisions for the present and future condition of your septic system. 

Consider these tips to summertime septic care: 

  1. Pumping — We recommend pumping every 3 – 5 years. We talk about septic pumping all the time because it’s one of the simplest and most basic ways to protect your system. If you aren’t sure if it’s time to get a pumping service, talk to us at Septic Check. We can help you schedule at the right time. 
  2. Proper Landscaping — Your septic mound needs you to protect it with the right landscaping and maintenance. It’s okay to mow your mound, but don’t let anyone ride four-wheelers on it. Consider planting grasses and various shallow-rooted perennials that will let you protect your mound from invasive root systems and will help remind people to stay off of it. 
  3. Prepare for Rain — Heavy rain can cause issues to your septic if you aren’t prepared for them. Make sure gutters and drainage systems aren’t directing rainfall directly to the septic. It can easily overload your system. Make sure you know how full your tank is so that it can handle additional rainfall. 
  4. Follow the Rules — Some people treat a septic system as a catch-all. They flush everything. They use garbage disposals and think they’re a place to place all unwanted foods. But if you can follow some basic rules for what’s flushable and what’s not, the summer season of guests and travel doesn’t have to put undue strain on your system. 

As you look to take care of your septic system and move through the summer, remember that we’re here to help you make the right decisions for your septic system. The right maintenance can make a huge difference.