How to manage your septic tank during the rainy months

In places like Tampa, we don’t really get a winter season in the traditional sense – and that holds true for a lot of people in warmer areas. What we do get in the winter is a lot more rain – and as such – you need to make sure your septic tank is prepared for all that wet weather as there are some risks to be aware of.

Today, we’re going to talk about preparing you for wet weather so that you can avoid any potential issues with your septic tank or lift station. Let’s jump right in!

Do your routine walk-through

Make sure that all your covers and ports are tightly sealed. This will prevent any leakages both internally and externally. With rain, you get runoff and if it mixes with any kind of septic tank waste – it can be a major problem. So make sure everything is buttoned up tight!

Additionally, make sure you check that your gutters are facing away from the house so that water drains away from the drainfield. The less saturation, the better and simple things like making sure your gutters haven’t been knocked about is a good start.

Get your maintenance done

If your septic tank needs to get pumped, then get it pumped. If it needs some routine maintenance, then get it done. In fact – the best time for septic tanks to get services is right before that rainy season. That way, you’ll get out ahead of a lot of potential problems before they actually become a real, costly crisis. 

Be mindful of usage in-season

If you’re in a period where your area is getting a ton of rain, you don’t exactly need to go on an austerity program, but you definitely want to make sure that you’re being mindful of what you’re using and how you’re using it. Don’t take endless showers. Try to limit water usage a bit more. Be extremely mindful of what’s being thrown into your septic tank. These are all things that can place additional stress on your tank in addition to the lousy weather – so just be diligent in being a little more aware of what you’re doing.

Like we said – with a few, super easy, low-lift things and a little planning, you won’t have too much to worry about. But we do warn folks – be careful and be mindful and above all else – if you’re in doubt- call a maintenance professional and get your tank looked at/serviced. It’ll be worth it. Until then – good luck!