The last thing you want to worry about in the summer is a septic problem. The warmer weather means you should be enjoying the sunshine, outdoor barbecues, and poolside fun, NOT dealing with septic emergencies. To make sure you have a drama-free summer, here are some septic maintenance tips for warmer months.
Remind Your Summer Guests Not to Flush Anything but Waste and Toilet Paper
Warmer weather sometimes means more frequent visitors in and out of your home. Be sure to remind your kids, their friends and anyone else that may be spending time in your home that you have a septic tank system, so it’s essential NEVER to flush anything but waste and toilet paper. This means no tampons, baby wipes, tissues, or anything other than plain toilet paper. If you plan on having a party, it might be a good idea to have a little bathroom sign reminding your guests.
Don’t Park Cars Near the Septic Tank
Summer parties can require extra parking on your property. Make sure you know where your tank and draining field are located and never park anywhere near it. The only piece of equipment or vehicle that should ever be on the land above your septic tank is a lawnmower.
Have Your Tank Pumped
Regular pumping is always important, but it becomes especially important when you may be having more frequent guests or parties. A good rule of thumb is to have your septic tank pumped at the beginning of the summer, or the week before a party.
Be Mindful of Your Landscaping
The best plants for a drain field is grass. Although it may be tempting to add new shrubs or trees in the warmer planting season, keep in mind that anything with roots could be potentially harmful to your septic system. Keep it simple with different varieties of grass.
Ready for Summer? Make sure your septic tank is too. Call Affordable Pumping Services for all your septic tank needs and to get on a regular pumping schedule.