It’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing color, the days are growing shorter and the smell of pumpkin spice is filling your local Starbucks. It’s finally fall! Not only does that mean winter is rapidly approaching, it also means it’s time to do your regular septic system maintenance in Strafford County, NH.
It is vitally important to perform septic system maintenance if you want to keep your house running smoothly through the cold, harsh winter months. While it’s a good idea to keep your system in top shape year-round, here are some septic system maintenance tips to consider specifically during the fall season.
Pump your tank
Nobody really wants to pump their septic tank, but you really don’t want to pump it in the winter. Searching through snow to find the tank? Trying to dig through frozen ground to get to it? No thank you! Your winter self will thank you for scheduling pumping in the fall, and you’ll get to enjoy all the coziness of winter without worrying if the next flush will be your last.
Reduce your water usage
There is no one season for conserving water, but for your septic system, autumn is a good time to pay extra attention to doing so. Using less water reduces the stress on your septic system. Using less water at one time also helps, so try staggering water-heavy activities so they don’t all happen at the same time. For example, avoid doing a load of laundry and a load of dishes at the same time.
Fix any leaks
If you’re in a colder climate, dripping water from leaking pipes can freeze your pipes. Check your plumbing and your septic tank, and make sure to fix any leaks you find. Make sure to check the tank lid for leaks or cracks to avoid freezing or overworking the system.
Insulate the system
To help guard your septic system from freezing temperatures, it’s a good idea to insulate it as much as possible. One way to insulate the system is by letting your grass grow out over the septic tank, the drain field and any connecting pipes. Letting it go an extra six inches in the fall can make a big difference in the cold months ahead.
In addition to growing your own insulation, you can help by spreading mulch on the ground over the whole area. About eight to 12 inches is a good thickness. This is best done before the ground gets too cold. The idea is to help the system retain a neutral temperature and protect it from the cold before it arrives. If you spread mulch when the ground is already frozen, you’ll just be insulating the cold, which causes your system to take longer to thaw out.
Taking care of your septic system might not be the most fun thing that fall brings your way, but it’s necessary. For help with your septic system maintenance in Strafford County, NH, call B.H. Cameron Septic Services LLC today.
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