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Preparing Your Septic System for a Northern Colorado Springtime

Although it might not feel like it right now, spring is just around the corner! Along with the flowers and warmer weather that spring brings, it also brings a lot of rain. A large volume of rain can often lead to a flooded or overworked septic system. For this reason, it’s important to prepare your septic system for this surge of precipitation. Here are some tips to help you prepare your system for the spring.

Check your Gutters

To prepare for the excess rainfall and potential flooding of our Colorado springtime. It’s important to make sure that all gutters are facing away from the drain field and any other septic system components. Gutters that point toward your septic system will carry water to the system and lead to possible flooding of the drain field.

Check for Water Pooling

After it rains, you should watch for water pooling in your yard. There are a few different reasons for standing water in your yard, but one of the most common for septic system owners is a flooded drain field. Watch for standing water pooling in areas over your drain field in order to catch the problem before it becomes severe. If your drain field floods, it can lead to permanent damage to your system and an expensive replacement.

Check Your Tank Filter

Your tank filter is an important part of the overall functionality of your septic system. After the winter, your filter can become clogged with scum, debris, and other items left over from winter storms or spring rains. If your tank filter does become clogged, it can disrupt the overall workings of your system. For this reason, you should check your tank filter to make sure it is clear of debris to ensure that it is functioning properly.

Reduce Water Usage

If possible, reducing the water usage in your home can help reduce the stress on your septic system during the springtime. Especially after a big storm, water conservation can help prevent your system from flooding. There’s no need to take drastic steps, but small things such as running dishwashers and washing machines only at capacity and turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth or shaving can help.  Reducing water usage is not necessary, but it can help lower the risk of a flooded septic system after a storm.

Clean Your Drain

When your drains or pipes in your home are clogged, it will make your septic system work harder to pump water. When your system is overworked, it can often flood. For this reason, it’s especially important in the spring to make sure that your drains are completely clear. Consider getting a professional drain cleaning or Hydro-jetting to completely blast away any scum or debris that might be clogging your pipes.

Pump Your Tank

During the wintertime, it can be often be difficult to reach your septic tank because of the frozen ground or accumulated snow pack. If your tank hasn’t been pumped in a while, you should consider pumping it early in the spring. A mostly full tank will have to work hard to perform well. When your septic system is dealing with excessive rainfall, a mostly full tank could push the system over the edge, leading to flooding, backups, and even leaking sewage in your yard. To avoid these issues, you should pump your tank early on in the springtime.

If you need help with Septic Pumping, need Septic Inspection, Septic Repair or Septic Installation. We serve Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor, Wellington, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an expert you can trust. 970-399-9940

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Why Your Sink or Water Smells Bad

When a sink or water supply starts to smell bad, it’s crucial to determine the source of the problem, especially if it’s related to your septic system. Below are possible reasons why your sink or water has a foul odor and what you can do to prevent these issues from arising. If you suspect a septic system problem, we recommend scheduling an inspection immediately.

Bacteria

Bacterial activity in the sink pipes can be the cause of the stench. Sinks have high moisture levels which create optimal growing conditions for bacteria. Common types of harmful bacteria found in sinks include salmonella, e. Coli, and staph.

Disinfect Regularly

Reduce infection risks by regularly disinfecting your sinks as well as other moist areas like drains and spigots with a disinfectant on a cloth or paper towel. Also, make sure to wipe down the area to reduce moisture levels which will inhibit bacteria growth. Avoid rinsing disinfectants down into the drains, which could kill off the friendly bacteria that are essential to maintaining a healthy septic system.

A lack of friendly bacteria colonies in your septic often leads to a bad smell coming thought drains, plumbing fixtures, or the tank itself. This problem can be easily fixed by getting on a good bacteria program to help keep the tank functioning better and eliminating the odor. Different systems require different treatments. Call our office and we would be happy to send out an expert to discuss what bacteria treatment would 

be best for your system.

Clogs

Over time, clogs can form due to hair, soap, food, and other matter that accumulate in sink drains and pipes, causing a rotten egg smell. Keep an eye out for slow drainage as it can be due to an issue with the house’s plumbing or the septic system.

Keep Pipes Clear

The best way to keep sink pipes clear of clogs is not to pour anything down that you shouldn’t. Sinks are not a trash can so never let these items go down the drain: food, tissues, paper towels, dental floss, hair, medications, and sanitary products.

Water Heater

Lastly, plumbing systems or water heaters can be the source of the foul odor. When organic matter is trapped in the plumbing, it interacts with the chlorine in the water, creating a sulfuric-like odor.

Flush the System

Water heaters that haven’t been used in a while can make water smell bad. When a home has a water heater that has been in disuse for a period of time, it’s important to flush the system to prevent an unpleasant odor.

Protect Your Septic System

When a sink or water supply starts to smell bad, there may be an issue with the septic system which requires immediate attention to protect your health and wallet. With over 20 years of experience, Lion Home Service is a licensed and insured septic company in Northern Colorado area. We’re locally-owned and operated business that offers a variety of services such as inspections, septic system repairs, and septic tank pumping to keep your home or business running smoothly.

Call 970- 399-9940 to schedule a septic service appointment today!

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Why You Should Investigate Sewage Odors

Part of septic maintenance is always being on the lookout for potential problems, which is why you should investigate sewage odors as soon as they arise. The stench isn’t just unpleasant, it can indicate a bigger problem that may result in dangerous water contamination. Discovering the causes behind sewage odors in homes with septic systems and using these easy maintenance tips will help prevent a costly and hazardous emergency.

Causes of Sewage Odors

Just because you have a septic system doesn’t mean that sewage odors are to be expected. In fact, a properly functioning system shouldn’t make your sink or water smell bad at all. If you start smelling a sewage odor, there are three possible scenarios of why that’s happening.

Full Tank

When a septic tank gets too full, it can push the wastewater to the drain field and clog it up. This inhibits the drain field from filtering properly, thereby allowing contaminants to pass through. It’s why you may smell a strong sewage odor whenever you’re close to the drain field.

Clogs

Clogs can occur due to hair, soap, food, and other matter that accumulate in sink drains and pipes. This can cause an unpleasant smell similar to rotten eggs. Slow drainage is a sign of a clog either due to a plumbing or septic system issue.

Blocked Vents 

Sewage gas builds up if the septic system’s vent is covered or malfunctions, creating a toxic and flammable environment. Avoid using a septic tank odor neutralizer as it’ll only mask the issue and won’t fix the root of the problem.

Fortunately, these issues can be prevented by learning how to take care of your septic system and working with an experienced septic company like Lion Home Service.

Water Contamination Dangers

An overloaded septic tank not only causes sewage odors, but it can also contaminate well water and nearby ponds or lakes. Wastewater contains all sorts of bacteria and viruses, as well as nitrogen and phosphorous which can seriously harm the environment.

If sewage escapes from the septic tank and reaches local water bodies, toxic algal blooms can occur. Adhering to a septic tank pumping schedule significantly reduces this threat, however, you should still regularly test well water to ensure it’s safe.

Easy Septic Maintenance Tips

Prevention is essential when it comes to maintaining your septic system. Here are four things your household should do to ensure a properly functioning system:

  • Inspect and pump regularly
  • Use water efficiently
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Maintain your drain field

By following these easy maintenance tips, you’ll be better able to prevent unpleasant sewage odors and hazardous situations like water contamination.

Prevent Issues with Septic Services

Foul smells can be a sign of a more serious issue that can become a costly and dangerous emergency if ignored. That’s why investigating sewage odors as soon as they occur is essential for septic maintenance, both for your wallet and health. Lion Home Service is a locally-owned business that helps clients prevent septic issues with pumping and inspection services in the Northern Colorado area.

Call 970- 399-9940 to schedule a septic service appointment today!