Summer is almost here, that means humid, hot days, filled with swimming pool and sprinkler fun. It is also time for our afternoon thunderstorms, dropping several inches of rain in just a few hours. If your home has a septic system, all this water can easily saturate your drain field.

These simple hacks can help keep your septic system healthy and running smoothly, but if you experience a sudden septic backup or problem, contact Orlando Septic Service.

Make sure your septic system is recently serviced

Experts recommend septic tanks be pumped every 2 to 3 years, depending on the usage, and the system be inspected every year. Catch small issues early is a lot less costly than waiting until they are big problems. If you can’t remember the last time your tank was pumped, it is probably time, better to be safe than sorry.

During an inspection, the Orlando Septic Service will make sure all the components are working properly, let you know where each part is located, and go over the ins and outs of the system.

Stagger water usage

Our summers here in Central Florida can be very wet. While your drain field is designed to handle a good amount of water, but between the torrential afternoon downpours, sprinklers, runoff from the pool, and the waste water from the home, it can overwhelm the drain field. Showers and laundry are the largest contributors of water usage inside the home.

Instead of doing all the laundry in one day, spread it out over the course of a week. If the kids want to play in the sprinkler, make sure it’s far away from the drain field. Make sure the downspouts from the water runoff from your roof, is not near the septic system.

Avoid putting grease, paint or chemicals down the drain

Summer is a time for home projects, gardening, painting, power washing. It may seem like washing out those paint brushes or equipment in the sink is the right thing to do. But all those harsh chemicals are ending up in your septic system. Your tank requires a healthy balance of bacteria to work properly, break down solid waste. All these cleaners, grease, chemicals, and toxins kill the healthy bacteria, causing sludge to build up, causing backups and clogged lines.

The best thing you can do is to treat your septic system with care. Make sure you have routine maintenance and the tank pumped regularly. If you run into a problem, have the phone number of a trusted septic service on hand.