Summer has finally arrived. You probably associate summer with beach days, your kids being out of school, backyard barbecues, and lying by the pool. Summer is a fun time of year, but it can also cause trouble for your septic system. Thankfully, these unique challenges can be managed with some insight and preventative measures. A&L Cesspool shines a light on these challenges to help you and your family prepare your septic system for summer. 

Get Your Septic Tank Pumped

Summer is a time of year when septic tanks and cesspools get more use than usual. Hot weather and vacation time often mean more laundry, more showers, and more guests in your home producing waste. So, if you have not had your septic system or cesspool pumped in a while, now is a very good time to do so. To prevent clogs and sewage backups, experts recommend getting your septic system pumped at least every three to five years, depending on the size of your household and tank. To prepare your septic system for summer, get your septic tank pumped by A&L Cesspool today so you can start the season with a clean slate!

Conserve Water 

Another important way to prepare your septic system for summer is to commit yourself and your family to conserving water. Conserving water is not just good for the environment, it can also help prevent your septic system from becoming overwhelmed and malfunctioning. There are many steps you can take this summer season to conserve water, like taking shorter showers, installing more efficient fixtures, and not flushing your toilets unnecessarily. 

Monitor Your System And Its Drainage

Before summer begins, you should take some time to inspect your septic system and pipes to look for issues. You should also continually monitor your system throughout the summer to see if any of these problems crop up later. Common signs that you need to seek out septic service include rancid smells, gurgling sounds, slow drains, standing water/soggy spots, and visible system damage. If you witness any of these signs at any time this summer, you should contact A&L Cesspool for assistance. 

Schedule Regular Maintenance Checks

In addition to monitoring your system yourself, you should also regularly schedule maintenance checks for your septic system. Maintenance checks are important because they allow the experts at A&L Cesspool to find and solve your septic issues before they become major expensive headaches. 

Be Careful What Goes Down Your Pipes

Your septic system is only designed to handle human waste and toilet paper. It is not designed to handle chemical cleaners (including drain cleaners), baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, grease, or anything aside from human waste and toilet paper. Flushing other substances or objects down your toilets can cause clogs, sewage backups, and even environmental pollution. 

Party Responsibly This Summer

Summer is a great time for family gatherings and backyard barbecues, but these fun events can strain your septic system. You can prepare your septic system for summer parties in a few easy ways. Make sure that your system has been pumped and inspected before you load it up with a party’s worth of waste. You may also want to leave a note in your bathroom urging your guests to save water and not to flush anything that could harm your system.

Do Not Drive On Your Septic System 

Though your septic system may be underground, driving anything bigger than a lawnmower over its drain field can seriously damage your system. Do not drive or park your car over the pipes, tank, or drain field of your septic system. 

Spread Out Your Laundry 

Another way to protect your septic system during the months of summer is to spread out your laundry. While it is understandable to want the convenience of doing all your laundry all at once, this can sometimes overwhelm your septic system. By spreading out your laundry throughout the week, you can stop your laundry’s wastewater from overloading your system and give your system time to recover between loads.

Prepare Your Septic System For Summer With A&L Cesspool

The best way to prepare your septic system for summer is to contact A&L Cesspool for all of your septic system management needs. We are the solution to all of your summer sewer & drain service, sewage waste management service, and grease waste management service needs.