How to Prepare Your Septic System for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start enjoying the outdoors and sunshine! The last thing you may want to think about is your septic system. However, neglecting your tank for too long can become a major issue. Here are some tips to ensure your septic tank does not get in the way of your summer plans.

Preventive Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the best way to help your septic system take on the challenges that summer brings. Schedule to get your septic tank pumped right before your summer events. This will give your leach field a break and prepare your tank for the increase in water usage that is common during the warmer seasons.


While planting flowers, shrubs and gardens in the spring, you’ll need to be mindful of where you decide to put them. You should avoid planting vegetable gardens and putting down mulch near your septic tank. This can lead to clogging and contamination. If you decide to plant trees, make sure they’re at least 25 feet away from your septic system. Fast growing roots can destroy the draining area and crack the septic tank, causing system failure.

Check Leaks

Catching leaks early can help prevent further damage from occurring to your septic system. Check your sinks by turning on the cold and hot water separately. If the water pressure is low, this could be a sign you have a leak. Next, check your toilet by placing 10 drops of food dye into the tank. Wait about 15 minutes and check the toilet bowl. If colored water appears in the bowl, you have a leak and should reach out to a professional to get it fixed.

Conserve Water

Summer can lead to a higher consumption of water with the use of pools, sprinklers and having guests over for gatherings. Overloading your septic system with water can cause septic system failure, which is why it’s important to plan accordingly. Some ways you can reduce your water consumption is by staggering your laundry loads and taking shorter showers.

Contact Supeck Septic

Is your septic system ready for the summer months? Supeck Septic has been providing exceptional customer care for more than 52 years with licensed technicians. Contact us at (888) 725-0209 for septic cleanings and maintenance.