Spring Is A Great Time For Septic Maintenance

Using a septic tank at your home means you need to be proactive about maintenance. This includes pumping out the tank regularly to ensure you don't have a nasty sewage backflow into your bathroom and kitchen. Spring is a great time to take care of this work as it's essentially downtime in terms of the things that could affect working on a septic tank or sewage lines. Rather than putting off the job, call a septic company now and have them clean everything out before summer starts.

Letting the Ground Thaw

In many parts of the country, winter can bring with it temperatures that are so cold that the ground freezes. At first, that doesn't look like it would really be much of a problem for most people with septic tanks, especially if the tanks were in good condition.

But frozen ground can result in frost heave, in which the moisture in the soil freezes and expands, pushing around anything in its path. This can cause underground lines — including tanks — to shift. While it's more of a problem for things like fence posts, which often sit above the frost line in the soil, it can be a problem for any part of the septic tank or line that sits in the frozen zone. Your tank's port for cleaning and pumping isn't buried, so frozen ground doesn't hinder access. But that frost heave could affect the opening and parts leading down to the main tank. By waiting until the ground thaws, a septic service can tell if there is any damage that needs to be repaired.

By the way, you don't want to wait until summer, either. The last thing you want is for odors from the tank, even those few that escape during pumping, to smell worse. In very hot weather, if odors do escape, they could be more pungent and prevalent. You're better off having the work done in spring when it's cooler. That's also more comfortable for the people doing the work.

Getting the Task List Done Early

With summer on the way, now's a good time to get work done simply to get it done. You'll want to enjoy Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, right? Get your household tasks done now so you can concentrate on more fun activities later.

The Lull Between Holidays

When you have people over for the holidays, you have more people using the plumbing and contributing to whatever is in the septic tank. Spring gives you a break in between the winter holidays and summer vacations when family might visit. It may seem like a small issue, but if you tend to have people visit often, that really can affect how quickly the tank fills up.

One call to a septic services company is all it takes to get the process going. Pumping doesn't take that long, and if the tank shows signs of needing repair, you can get those done soon after. Instead of putting off the work, call now.

To learn more about septic pumping, contact septic services professionals in your area.