If you own a home with a septic system, it’s important to know about proper maintenance to keep it running smoothly. Septic systems are responsible for disposing of human waste, treating wastewater, and ensuring the water used in your home makes it way back into the environment as clean groundwater. Most homeowners understand the importance of a properly functioning septic system, but they might not be aware of all of the factors that affect its functioning. The weather can have an impact on your septic system, leading to issues in functioning and damage. We’ve broken down the different issues that weather might cause your septic system and provided you with tips on how to prevent them.
Your septic system is essentially made up of the tank that collects waste and the drain field that filters out the waste and releases clean water into the ground. When the drain field consumes too much water, it becomes oversaturated. Often times, during excessive rainfall, the drain field can become flooded or overworked. The drain field will then become clogged and will not be able to treat the water. When the drain field is oversaturated, the water has nowhere to go and the drain field floods.
One of the results of a flooded septic system is pipe clogging and backups. When the drain field is flooded, the water has nowhere to go. It will then begin traveling back up your pipes and into drains and toilets. You might see excess water in your drains or you could experience difficulty draining. If your area has experienced heavy rainfall and your drains seem clogged, a flooded septic system could be the cause.
Another effect of a flooded septic system is the leakage of untreated effluent into the ground. When your drain field is flooded, it will become overworked and will not be able to treat the effluent. Untreated sewage will then leak into the groundwater, which can be damaging to the environment and to your health. Click here to learn more about the dangers of leakage from your septic system. When sewage leaks into the ground, the water can become contaminated which can have serious consequences.
Frozen Tank Components
When frost or snow gets deep into the components of your septic system, it can freeze these components, or even the entire system. When these components are frozen, it will slow down the metabolic rate of anaerobic bacteria in your septic tank, meaning that waste will not be able to be broken down. Fortunately, this problem can be easily avoided. Provide your septic system with an insulating cover or blanket to keep it warm during the colder months. Vegetation around your tank can help shield it from the cold as well. Running your water and using your septic system every day can also help reduce the risk of freezing.
Compacted Snow and Soil
When drive over snow with your car or plow, it can compact the snow above your tank or drain field. These actions combined with cold temperatures can make the soil above your tank and in your drain field compact and dense. When the soil above your septic tank compacts, it will be less effective at insulating your tank, leading to a frozen system When the soil in your drain field compacts, wastewater will not be properly filtered and drained. To avoid these issues, be sure to aerate your soil before the cold weather sets in and to avoid driving over these parts of your lawn.
Improperly Functioning Pipes
When your pipes have leaks or clogs, they can often lead to improper drainage. Leaks during the cold can also cause water to freeze, which will damage your septic system further. Clogs can cause wastewater to accumulate in your pipes, with cold causing the wastewater to freeze over. Frozen wastewater can lead to damage of your system and can also contaminate your drinking water. In order to avoid these issues, fix leaky pipes before the cold sets in and be sure to address and clogs or leaks as soon as you notice them to avoid allowing these problems to get more severe.
Debris in Your Septic Tank
Severe storms such as thunderstorms and tornadoes can cause damage to your septic system not only because of rainfall, but because of strong winds as well. After these storms, it is fairly common to end up with trees or debris in your plumbing or septic system. Although damage from storms is somewhat unavoidable, you can minimize the damage by keeping your yard free of debris and trimming trees of loose branches. If debris do enter your septic tank, be sure to pump your tank soon to avoid any problems with septic system operations.
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