How to Prepare Your Septic System for Summer

August 14 2022

How to Prepare Your Septic System for Summer

When summer comes around and the temperatures start to rise, you know it’s time for fun barbeques and afternoon pool parties. While you’re enjoying your summer, it’s important to remember your septic system as well. Since you’ll be spending more time at home during the summer, your septic system will be working harder. You can still enjoy your summer activities while proactively taking care of your septic system. Here are a few things you should run by your septic system before starting your summer activities.

Clear the Septic Area

The drain field permits pre-treated water from the septic tank to release and channel through the soil. If the drain field has a puddle of standing water around it, it won't be able to function properly and can cause a backup in the septic tank. To find the drain field, begin by finding the area of your septic tank. Next, scan the area and search for the spot with sprouting vegetation, or little to no rocks and trees. To ensure the septic tank can still discharge wastewater into the drain field, refrain from blocking the area that covers the drain field. The entire area around the septic tank and drain field should be kept clear to avoid damage to the septic system.


Planting flowers and shrubs is a great way to increase the curb appeal of your home. However, if you don’t pay attention to where you’re planting these plants, it can cause damage to your septic system. Deep-rooted plants like trees continuously seek water every day. If they’re placed near the septic system, the roots of trees can find ways to insert themselves into cracked pipes and resume their growth there. This calls for crucial septic tank repair and can cost a pretty penny. To prevent your septic system from the dangers of tree roots, leave the space around your septic system clear, or research the type of plants you can place in the area.

Scheduling Septic Use

More individuals in the house imply more sink and toilet use. While your septic system is designed to hold enough water to support your household, an excessive amount of water can be an issue. To assist with facilitating how much water the septic system is taking care of at one time, attempt to scatter when you are doing water-weighty exercises. Rather than tossing a heap of garments into the wash just before visitors show up, do clothing a day prior or after to give the septic system time to recuperate. Likewise, attempt to try not to do exercises that require a ton of water simultaneously. Using too much water at once can cause the system to fail, needing septic tank repair.


Septic system maintenance is the easiest way to regularly take care of your septic system. One way to ensure you’re taking care of it properly is to limit what goes down your drain. Educate others in the household on what you can and cannot throw in the septic tank. Anything other than waste and toilet paper should be an automatic no.

Another maintenance tip is to have regular septic tank pumping done. Your septic tank fills up to its capacity eventually and needs to be emptied. Have your septic tank pumped every two to three years. Consult with a plumber from Septic Blue about septic system maintenance to learn about keeping your septic system healthy.