If you live in Northern Colorado, you know that Fall can be one of the most beautiful seasons we experience here. It can also be one of the most brutal for your septic system because of the constant weather changes. One day you can enjoy watching the leaves change and the next you could go skiing. With temperatures varying daily and day to night, it’s important to properly prepare your septic system. We’ve got tips on what you can do to get your septic system ready for the Fall!
Why You Should Prep
First, you may wonder, “Is it vital to prepare my septic for Fall?” And the answer is: absolutely, yes! There are a few reasons for this, one of the major reasons being that it helps your septic function better once winter arrives. We all know that winter can be a harsh time for our home and our septic system – that’s why doing maintenance in the Fall will help ensure that you are ready for whatever winter may bring. Another reason is that we typically see increased use in our septic systems during the fall season. With holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving taking place in the Fall, we tend to increase the use of our septic system. The increased use can come from more people using the bathrooms in your home as well as the increased amount of cooking you do during this season. Reasons like these make it important to perform maintenance on your septic system during the Fall.
How to Prep Your Septic
Now that we’ve looked at why it’s essential to prepare your septic system for the Fall, let’s look at some ways that you can accomplish this goal.
- Check for leaks: Leaking pipes (inside & outside your home) are never fun. They can waste gallons of water and cost you a lot of money. They also affect your septic system by leaving it vulnerable to cold temperatures. For example, ignoring a leaking pipe during freezing temperatures may freeze a septic-connected pipe, leading to disaster. That’s why it’s essential to thoroughly check your home to ensure no leaks.
- Prepare Insulation: This tip is easy to execute — just don’t cut the grass around your septic system! Letting the grass around your septic tank and leach field grow slightly longer than usual will help insulate it. Letting the grass in the leach field grow out is especially useful to prevent pipes below from freezing. *Bonus tip: if growing out your grass doesn’t work, just spread a layer of mulch over the area.
- Be Mindful Day-to-Day: Your daily use can easily affect your septic. That’s why monitoring how you use your home’s plumbing is essential. Be mindful of how much water you’re using and what you’re putting down the drains in your house. All of these things can affect how efficiently your septic system works.
- Get it Pumped: If you’re due for a septic tank inspection and pump-out, then before Fall is a great time of year to get it done! Lion Home Service suggests getting your system inspected and pumped every 2-3 years. Doing this will help ensure it’s functioning at its best and ready for the winter months ahead.
Don’t Neglect it.
As busy homeowners, we know it’s easy to let things like septic maintenance fall to the wayside, mainly because your septic system is not something you see daily! However, it’s essential to take proper care of your septic tank so that it can care for you and your home. Don’t get stuck with costly damage or repairs this Fall! Lion Home Service’s septic service experts are happy to come out and help you. We can ensure that your septic is prepared for the Fall and winter. Just give us a call at (970) 829-8222.
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