Septic system issues tend to arise more frequently in the summer. This is due to common hot weather activities, such as outdoor barbecues, increased showers, etc. Learn the ins and outs of summer septic system care and why it’s crucial during this time of year.
Be Mindful of What Goes Down the Drain
This applies year-round but is especially important in the summer due to increased activities. More everyday items are used, such as cooking oils, disposable wipes, paper towels, and condoms. These items belong in the trash and not down the toilet or drain. Toilet paper is the only manmade substance that should go down the toilet.
Schedule a Septic Pumping
Arrange for a septic pumping BEFORE a large social gathering. This is especially the case if it has been more than three years since the last pumping. This maintenance process greatly reduces the likelihood of a system failure at the most inopportune moment.
If you are hosting a party for a large number of guests, you may also want to consider renting a portable toilet or two. This will certainly take some of the pressure off the septic system.
Landscape the Right Way
Many homeowners renovate their landscape during summer. Grass is actually a great cover for drainfields. The same goes for shallow-root plants. Be sure, though, to add a riser if you don’t already have one. Otherwise, a technician will have to dig up the ground to access the opening. Avoid planting trees, shrubs, and vegetable-producing plants. These have deep root systems that can damage the septic pipes.
Leave Summer Septic System Care to Us
With the increased activity at home, summer is the ideal time to schedule an OSS inspection. Call Lil John Sanitary Service for periodic maintenance. Summer septic system care is a must if you plan to hosg large gatherings and open your restroom to guests.
Summer Septic System Maintenance
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