Preparing Your Septic System for Spring

In the video above, Joe from Bay State Septic Pumping and Waste Disposal in Lakeville, MA gives 6 money and time-saving tips to prepare your septic system for the spring season. As Southeastern Massachusetts residents, from Taunton, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Dighton, Carver, and Easton to Acushnet, Carver, Easton, Berkley, and Rochester, we all know how unpredictable spring weather can be. To prepare for this rainy and muddy season, there are several steps you can take to ensure your septic system is working properly.

  1. Redirect any gutters from the home away from your septic covers, D box and leach field.  Pointing your gutters away from your septic system components will help avoid any ponding or pooling in your yard and will help prevent septic backups or long-term failure.
  2. If you do notice ponding or pooling near your septic covers, D box or leach field, you may already have a septic system backup.  To prevent additional issues, it’s very important that you do not try to fix this problem on your own. We recommend that you contact an Accredited Better Business Bureau professional
  3. If you smell foul odors similar to rotten eggs or sulfur, inside or outside your home, this is an indication that your septic system is backed up and needs a septic pumping, or there is another problem that is causing the odors. Like tip number 2, this is when you want to call a professional to diagnose the problem. The longer you wait, the worse the problem may get.
  4. Locating and maintaining your septic system filter. Most filters are located on the outlet side of your septic system and there are several reasons why you want to make sure to maintain your septic filters properly.  Regular maintenance will eliminate scum, solid debris or carryover into your leach field, thus eliminating any backups or failure.  At Bay State Septic, we clean your filter for free when we pump your septic tank. We recommend that you clean or replace your septic filters every three to four months.  It’s free with a septic pumping and it is a small investment that can extend the life of your septic system.
  5. Make sure that your septic covers are to grade (even with or slightly above the ground).  You want to make sure that your covers are also easily accessible, so remove any mud or obstructions from them.  The reason you want to make sure your septic covers are to grade and your system is accessible is to save time and money when your septic technician needs to access your system.  If a septic technician has to dig to locate and clear the area around your covers, there is typically a charge for the additional work.
  6. If you suspect that any of your system components have been damaged, you definitely want to schedule an inspection. Not every septic company uses the newest technologies and best practices for inspecting a system. Bay State Septic Services and other industry professionals use state-of-the-art fiber optic cameras with video capabilities. This is the best way to make sure that the issue is properly diagnosed the first time and it’s also more cost-efficient.

If you spend a little extra time checking on and maintaining your septic system this spring, you may save yourself a lot of money, time, and aggravation in the seasons to follow. Everybody wants to extend the life of their septic system because a new installation can cost upwards of $13,000.  If you are serious about saving money and extending the life of your system, definitely find a trusted and accredited BBB professional in your area and set up a maintenance plan with them.