Tips for Spring Septic Tank Cleaning and Septic Pumping in Strafford County, NH

January 30, 2018 9:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s likely that every spring you deep clean the inside of your home, perform maintenance on large appliances, tidy up around the property and inspect for damages from winter. However, if you have a septic system, then spring cleaning also involves septic maintenance and cleaning.

Septic cleaning and regular septic maintenance are important to ensure the system stays in good working order and lasts for many years to come. The septic tank is a huge part of your septic system and, as such, it too needs proper maintenance if you are to avoid costly repairs. Below is some helpful information, followed by tips for spring septic tank maintenance and septic pumping in Strafford County, NH.

When to clean and pump

Your spring cleaning list should always include cleaning your septic system and performing necessary maintenance on parts and components. But the key thing to remember is to wait until late spring before cleaning the system and pumping the tank. The warmer ground conditions will yield better results, not to mention that ground that is thawed and not saturated makes it easier to perform proper maintenance.

Cleaning frequency

Many different factors will determine the frequency of required septic system cleaning, such as your household’s average water usage, how many people live in the house and the number of in-use drains you have. As a general rule of thumb, you should have your septic system thoroughly cleaned every two to five years. You should have it cleaned more often if your family regularly uses a lot of water, or less frequently if your family uses less water than the average household.

Septic maintenance and cleaning tips

Here are some septic system maintenance and cleaning tips to keep in mind this spring:

  • Change the filters: Spring is a good time to change septic tank filters, so add it to your spring cleaning list. Some homeowners change the filters themselves, but you can also call a professional to change them out.
  • Pump the septic tank: The best time to pump your septic system is in late spring, after the temperatures have gone up and nothing is cold and frozen. If the ground around the tank is too cold, you may not get the greatest results—some of the wastewater may not flush completely from the system—and you might end up needing a second pumping not too soon after. Since you will need a professional to pump the tank, they can tell you if the time is right.
  • Schedule an inspection: Harsh winter weather can do damage to a septic tank or other parts of the system, especially if outdoor temperatures regularly reached freezing or snow piled up and hardened over your septic system. It’s not unusual for freezing temperatures to cause cracks in lids or pipes, break caps or even cause damage in unseen areas. Because these may need fixing and there could be other problems, it’s a good idea to schedule a septic system inspection at the start of spring.

If you need septic pumping in Strafford County, NH this spring, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at B.H. Cameron Septic Services LLC!

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