When it comes to maintaining your home's septic system, one of the things you may not have considered is the effect that the weather can have on it. Understanding the weather hazards will help you to recognize when you should call for septic services in advance of, or in response to, any foul weather. Here are a few things that you should consider as you watch the local weather forecast.
Winter Cold Snaps
Most people know that freezing temperatures in the winter can put your pipes at risk of freezing, but many don't realize that their septic tank also faces some potential problems with these temperatures.
Your septic tank relies on the bacteria present in the tank to break down the solid waste in the tank. When the bacteria isn't functioning at its best, you end up with a buildup of solids and sludge in the tank. This can ultimately lead to an overflowing septic tank if you don't schedule a septic tank pumping in time.
This is particularly important to think about during the winter because that bacteria in your tank will slow down significantly when the temperatures drop, as they do most winters. Pair those temperature drops with the increased activity your septic system will likely see through the holidays and you're going to need to be attentive to your tank.
Heavy Rains And Snow Melt
Whether it's the spring rainy season or you've had a snow-filled winter, your septic system could be at risk of problems. Any time the rain is particularly heavy, your septic tank's drain field may be overwhelmed with water. The same can apply when you have a stretch of warm weather after some heavy snowfall.
The barrage of water on the drain field can keep the drain field from properly functioning. The excess water on the drain field's surface can force the septic tank waste back up the pipes and into the tank. The best thing you can do during periods of heavy rain or excess snow melt is to minimize the water usage in your home. Spread out your laundry loads and showers so that you're not putting too much water into the tank at one time.
The more you understand about the hazards of the weather and your septic tank, the easier it is to care for that tank. Take some time to talk with your local septic services contractor today about the best ways to care for your tank and the rest of your septic system.