Springtime Complications For Septic Systems And How To Avoid Them

April 21, 2023 Published by Leave your thoughts

Springtime Complications For Septic Systems And How To Avoid Them

When it comes to septic systems, the key is to catch problems early. Otherwise, you’ll soon have a broken or overflowing system that isn’t able to keep up with the amount of wastewater coming from your home. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to avoid these common septic system problems in the spring.

Clogged Drains

If you’ve ever had a clogged drain, you know how frustrating and stressful it can be. However, there are a few things you can do to prevent a clogged drain from occurring in the first place. One way is to avoid putting things like hair, paper towels, and facial tissue down the toilet. These items are more likely to clog your drains if you do flush them down the toilet. Another way to prevent clogged drains is by having your pipes and drains inspected on a regular basis. This can help to identify potential problems and address them before they turn into bigger issues that require more expensive repairs. In addition to inspecting your drains, professional plumbers also perform routine maintenance. This can help to keep your pipes and drains clean and running smoothly for years to come. It can also help you avoid clogged drains and other plumbing problems that could cause costly damage to your property or your family’s health.

Overflowing Sewage

Springtime often brings a heavy amount of rain, which means your sewer lines are more likely to become clogged. If this happens, it’s a good idea to call an emergency plumber immediately. Your septic system is an underground structure that handles waste and other materials from your home. It has two major components: the septic tank and drain field (also known as a leach field). The septic tank removes waste, scum, and sludge from your home’s wastewater. The drain field absorbs the water that is released from the septic tank. If your septic tank becomes overfull, the waste can flow into your drain field and clog it. This can cause sewage to back up into your house or break out on the ground. The best way to avoid this problem is to not overfill your septic tank. Also, make sure that your drain field is properly drained. This can help keep your septic system working well throughout the summer.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can be a serious issue, especially when you live in an area with freezing temperatures. They can cause water to leak into your home, which will require extensive repairs and cost a fortune. Pipes in unheated garages, attics, and crawl spaces are also prone to freezing. This is because they are not regularly exposed to warmth. If you suspect your pipes are frozen, there are some simple ways to thaw them. One way is to gradually heat the area around the pipe. You can do this by using a hair dryer or space heater or by using warm towels. Another way is to turn on your faucets and let a small amount of water drip. This will help to thaw the pipe out and prevent it from bursting.

Tree Roots

Trees add a lot of value to your home and are great for shade, energy savings, and absorbing CO2. But when they’re planted close to your septic system, their roots can cause some serious trouble. In search of water and nutrients, roots often ‘smell’ their way into septic systems. Thankfully, modern septic tanks are usually made of thick concrete that is much harder to penetrate than older pipes. Nevertheless, if roots find a weak spot in your septic system, they’ll be relentless in their pursuit of what they need to survive. Once inside your system, they can quickly grow large enough to clog the drain pipes or bust your tank, causing sewage to back up. To avoid this problem, it’s important to keep your septic system inspected and maintained regularly. This can help prevent root intrusion from occurring and will also keep your septic system in good condition for years to come.

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