Winter Septic Advice: Things for Today to Make Next Year Better

There are steps you can take to make next spring and summer go better for your septic system.

It seems perhaps a bit early to start talking about springtime. We’ve just started getting below freezing. But when the cold weather hits, it’s easy to get caught up with thinking about ways to survive the weather without being intentional about next year’s maintenance and service for your septic system. 

As the next couple months progress, take a few of these simple steps. Your spring and summer self will thank you! 

Springtime Slowdown

Set a reminder in your calendar to pay attention to the calendar and the weather. As winter’s grip lightens up and you begin to see the snow melt, your septic system will start working harder to process runoff and wastewater. When this is happening, it’s important to not overload your septic system with unnecessary water usage. By cutting back on your water usage — or even just by changing your routines — you can protect your system. 

Schedule Pumping

If you don’t remember the last time your septic system was pumped, it’s probably time to pump. Usually a home needs a septic system pumped every three years. As you consider getting yours pumped, consider that too much sludge in your tank can lead to problems in the springtime when systems are more vulnerable to backing up. 

Schedule Service & Inspections (before you don’t have a choice!)

The worst time to buy a car is when you need one. The worst time to find a job is when you’re unemployed. And by far, the worst time to call a septic service is when you’re in a septic emergency. Septic emergencies are way far down on someone’s list of experiences they hope to have some day. So schedule an inspection for your system during these months. You’ll be glad you got it on the calendar before any more time went by. 

So there they are!

It’s not overly complicated. But from our experience, the homes and cabins that enact some of these habits during the winter for their septic system are the ones who also have a longer lasting septic and save money on unnecessary and costly repairs.