Once fall rolls around, homeowners should prepare their homes for the ensuing winter months, even in Florida! As you’re completing your fall septic maintenance schedule, there are several items you should add to your to-do list to adequately prepare your septic system.
Your septic system should be maintained according to schedule throughout the year. When homeowners neglect to care for their system, it has a propensity for becoming clogged, cracked, and liable to give you more trouble than you bargained for.
Our Recommended Fall Septic Maintenance
Florida has one of the mildest winters in the United States. Despite not having a typical fall and winter, the fall septic maintenance tips below are still recommended by professionals.
Floridians won’t have to worry about the ground becoming frozen solid, though the nighttime temps can get a little brisk during December through February. When compared to septic maintenance winterization in northern states, Florida residents should simply practice scheduled maintenance on their systems. Use the respite from the hot weather as a reminder to stay on top of maintenance!
Schedule an Inspection of Your System
In preparation for cooler weather, you should call in a professional to inspect your septic system. This ensures that there are no leaks or areas of damage that could be potentially worsened by the change in weather. The last thing you want to do is become caught off guard by a leaky pipe during a cold snap.
You’ll also want the tank’s lid to be checked. Secure lids help to prevent any debris from entering the system and keep the internal heat of the tank consistent and insulated. Tanks require a bit of warmth to keep the bacteria happy.
Pump Your Septic Tank
If your tank is overdue for a pump, this service should be completed before the cooler temperatures strike. When you have a septic system, preventative maintenance is the number one for keeping everything in working order and avoiding expensive repairs.
While it’s not an issue in Florida, tanks are increasingly difficult to pump once the ground becomes hardened and there has been snowfall. Generally, pumps should be scheduled every 3-5 years. If yours is due within the next few months, it’s best to get it out of the way now. Especially with the holidays coming up!
Provide Adequate Protection for Your System
During the fall, you should take a few extra steps to provide further protection for your septic system. This can include allowing the grass to become overgrown around the tank and placing a layer of mulch to provide extra insulation.
Continue Using the Tank Regularly
Lack of use can bring a host of surprising issues to your septic system. Everyday use keeps things moving smoothly and helps to avoid these unexpected and avoidable problems.
Months of lack of use can invite nasty surprises once you return home. If you plan on being away for an extended period during the wintertime, invite a trusted loved one into your home to occasionally use the system.
Preparing for Winter? Give Us a Call!
When you call Advanced Septic Services of Florida, you can rest assured that your septic system has been properly inspected, serviced, and prepared for the winter months. We can pump your tank, inspect the system, and help you prepare for cooler temperatures.