The natural rhythms of Mother Nature during the spring make it an opportune time to maintain your septic system and otherwise keep an eye on it.

The extra precipitation — the April showers that cause May flowers — may also affect the water table level, which can make an impact on a septic system.

Here are some ways to avoid septic tank problems ruining your spring:

Clean drains

This keeps your system from having to work as hard to remove waste. Clogs are well-known for creating issues further on down your system, so preventing clogs before they happen — proactive maintenance — is the best way to deal with them.

Have your system pumped

Spring is regarded as a good time to do this with temperatures headed north for a while. This, again, can help prevent flooding and back-up issues before they arise, which is the ideal time to address them. It is, after all, better to never have raw sewage in your yard than have to figure out the best way to remove it.

Change filters

Septic tank filters can be clogged with any members of the menagerie of mess brought about by storms in either the winter or early spring. And a clogged filter will bog down the entire septic system quickly and cause problems that would’ve been best avoided. This, unlike system pumping, can be a DIY undertaking, but we are happy to assist in that task as well.

Ensure downspouts direct water away from your septic tank

The copious amounts of rain for which spring is famous has to go somewhere — and that somewhere is wherever your gutters send it. Always make sure that is downhill and try to avoid it being in the direction of your septic system if at all possible.

Call Little’s Septic for an inspection

This is a good thing to do regularly anyway, but because of how biology and physics work, the accordion of temperature changes in a volatile time of year is a prime time for mishaps with your septic system. Call it one more suggestion of preventative maintenance — making sure everything is working as it should, because it won’t take long for the whole system to get out of alignment once something is off.