Although it’s vital to care for the system year-round, several issues can affect its integrity in the fall. Here’s what you should know so you can handle them efficiently.
1. Potential System Blockages
It’s crucial to schedule septic tank pumping at least once every three years, or more often depending on your household’s usage. A qualified contractor can provide you with a schedule, but you should consider emptying it in the fall if it’s been a while. Once it gets colder outside, it’s more difficult for contractors to access the septic tank, particularly if the ground is frozen. Addressing it now will also help you avoid potential flood concerns during the coldest months of the year.
2. Excessive Water Usage
It’s not unusual for homeowners to use more water than usual during the holidays. With the influx of guests visiting during Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with all of the cooking you’re likely doing, your septic system will work overtime to keep up with your usage. You can take steps to minimize strain by limiting your consumption as much as possible. Avoid using dishwashers and washing machines while the shower is running, for example, and take shorter baths if possible. Even small changes can make a difference.
3. Cold Ground Temperatures
As the season progresses, you’ll encounter more uncomfortable temperatures that risk the integrity of your system. When the ground freezes, the tank is also susceptible to frost. By growing extra grass around the tank, you can create a layer of much-needed insulation that puts a barrier between the elements and system.