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How The Weather Can Affect Your Septic System

How The Weather Can Affect Your Septic System

If you have a septic system, it’s important to be aware of how different temperatures and weather conditions can affect it. It’s essential to be prepared for the unexpected and to know how to keep your septic system running in top shape. Here’s how different weather conditions can affect your septic system.

Cold Temperatures

Cold, winter weather can affect your septic tank in several different ways. Extreme low temperatures make it hard for the helpful bacteria in your tank to survive. The bacteria’s job is to partially digest the waste in your tank. When it is too cold, the bacteria won’t be doing its job. Undigested waste becomes sludge that settles on the bottom of your tank. If your area tends to get freezing temperatures for an extended period, call Affordable Pumping Services to come up with a plan to avoid problems. Special bacteria that can survive in freezing temperatures may need to be added to your tank.

Heavy Rainfall

Heavy rainfall can flood your drain field which will make it hard for water to drain from your tank. A flooded drain field can back up your entire system, causing flooding inside your home. A flooded drain field can also be harmful to the environment since raw sewage can seep into groundwater and local bodies of water. If you suspect your drain field may be flooding, reduce your water usage and call Affordable Pumping Services right away. During rainy seasons, be sure not to park vehicles on your drain field and keep your gutters clean and pointed away from the draining area.

To prevent weather conditions from causing an emergency with your septic system, take as many preventative measures as possible. Avoid pouring bleach or chemical cleaners down your drain that could affect the bacteria level in your tank. Make sure you’re on a regular pumping schedule and always contact the professionals when an issue comes up. Call Affordable Pumping Services today.

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