How to Prepare Your Septic System for Spring

How to Prepare Your Septic System for Spring

April 1, 2021

Spring is here, and that means the ground is thawing, the trees are growing new leaves and the flowers are starting to bloom. Now is the time to check outside the house for any damage the winter storms may have caused, including to your septic tank system, in 48706.

Have the septic tank pumped

It’s vitally important to have your septic tank pumped on a regular basis. A septic tank is usually pumped once every two to three years, depending on the tank, to make sure to keep the system working well year round. Spring is an especially good time to get this done.

We’ve been cooped up in our homes way more than usual for over a year now, and that is bound to have an effect on septic tank systems in 48706. It might be a good idea to schedule septic tank pumping this year even if you had it done less than two years ago.

Look for settling around your septic tank

Now that the ground is clear, it’s a good time to examine the area around your septic tank and leach field and make sure you don’t see any settling. This can be observed as the ground looking like it’s starting to sink in a certain area. This happens when the weather or other environmental factors cause the foundation to change and the ground starts to sink over time. This can lead to problems with your septic system in 48706, and if you see something like this, it’s important to call a professional to come inspect it right away.

Check sprinkler lines

Once the snow is gone and the warmer weather starts to come out, you should take a look at any sprinkler lines and heads in the yard and inspect them for damage. Be sure to repair any broken or leaking lines. If left unattended, these could lead to flooding around your home or other issues that could affect your leach field and septic system.

Adjust downspouts

Once the rain and snow stop falling, take the opportunity to check the downspouts on the gutters around your home. Make sure they haven’t been damaged by winter storms. If they have been, get them replaced as soon as you can. It’s also important to make sure they’re pointing away from your septic system and away from the leach field—otherwise, this could lead to flooding the next time it rains.

Inspect the tank filter

When spring rolls around, it’s a good time to check your tank filter to make sure it’s clear. It may have gotten clogged with debris or blocked in some way from the storms of winter. This is also a good opportunity to check the leach field for standing water. If you notice any pooling or standing water in the leach field, be sure to call a septic tank maintenance specialist as soon as possible.

Call a professional

When you need septic tank maintenance in 48706, get in touch with Thornton Brothers Sewer Service. With our wealth of experience, we’re qualified to handle all kinds of septic tank systems and can complete any size job, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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