Summer Septic Tank Do’s and Don’ts

The summer season is almost here, and now is the time to get ready. If your home or business has a septic tank, it is important to know what to do, and not do, as the summer heat gets closer.

The summer season can really take a toll on your septic tank, and if you do not take steps to protect it, you could be in for a big repair bill before autumn arrives. Here are some do’s and don’ts to observe as the summer season draws near.

What to Do

Knowing what to do is important, especially if you want your septic tank to last for many seasons to come. To protect your septic tank and drain fields this summer, start by sharpening the blades on your lawnmower.

Whether you use a push mower or a riding mower, sharpening the blades means the grass will be cut cleanly, with less pulling and tugging. This will help protect your drain fields from damage when you mow grass.

Be sure to adjust your blade length as well. You do not want to cut the grass too short, especially over your drain fields. Check the setting each time you mow to avoid problems down the line.

Use your nose as you mow as well since a strong odor could be an indication of a malfunctioning drain field. If you notice any unusual odors, be sure to contact your septic tank company right away.

What Not to Do

What you do is important for protecting your septic tank, but what you avoid can have an even greater impact. The summer season is prime time for backyard barbecues, and all that grilled meat often leaves fat and drippings behind. It may be tempting to flush those items down the toilet, but doing so could destroy your septic tank and cost you a lot of money.

You should never flush cooking grease down the toilet or allow it to enter your septic tank. The septic tank is not designed for these types of items, so dispose of your fat trimmings elsewhere.

You should also avoid flushing other summertime items, including wet wipes and leftover lotions. Dispose of these items in the nearest trash can and keep them out of your septic system.

You can also protect your septic system from summer damage by scheduling a comprehensive inspection. The summer season is the perfect time to check your septic tank, so you can avoid problems later on.

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