Springtime is often accompanied by septic system problems and failures for many homeowners. It’s a wet time of year, and heavy rains can significantly impact your waste management system, especially your septic field lines. You should look out for these common springtime complications for your septic system:
- Flooded Drainfield
In spring, rain increases in volume and frequency. It may even be common to have pools in the yard or even flooding in your neighborhood. This can be a problem for your septic systems’ septic field lines.
Excessive rain can flood the drain field, making it difficult to safely disperse wastewater from the septic tank. Consequently, sewage gets pushed back into your homes’ plumbing system or flows from your septic tank’s cover.
- Clogged Drainfield
Melting snow coupled with spring rains saturate the soil and make it clay-like and dense. This prevents your drainfield from releasing filtered wastewater.
The situation is worsened by rising water levels, leaving little filtration space for water from the septic field lines.
- Plant Growth
Warm weather signals renewed growth for plants around your septic system. Roots from shrubs and trees will extend, thicken and move toward your septic tank, pipes, and septic field lines.
Roots can even crack or penetrate various components of your septic system as they try to reach for water. This could lead to needing repair or replacement from a professional septic service like the Poop Dudes.
How to Prevent Springtime Complications
- It’s vital to ensure you have proper drainage in your yard. You can even install extensions on your gutter downspouts to route runoff water away from your drainfield.
- Relocate trees and shrubs at least 20 feet away from your septic system.
- Clean your drains and change your filters to remove clogs and gunk that may have accumulated during winter.
- Reduce or stop water usage in your home, especially after heavy rains, to prevent flooding.
- Prioritize inspection and pumping by professionals.
Call the Poop Dudes for help out of a “crappy” situation.