Tips for Getting the Most from Your Home's Septic System

Posted on: 6 May 2015

Your home's septic system is one of the most critical parts of the house because if this system stops working, you will experience significant backups and water damage to your home. Sadly, many homeowners will not think much about this system until problems have already started to develop. Here are a couple of tips you can follow to minimize the risk of these problems arriving and learn how to address future changes with your system that you may need. 

Plan for a Reserve Area

Many people assume that their septic system is a part of the house that will never change. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth, and there are many instances where it may be necessary for you to expand your septic system. Often, this is due to an expanding family or adding more rooms onto your house. 

Unfortunately, there are many people that will fail to consider this future need, and when it comes time to make the expansion, there may not be anywhere to expand the drain field. When this is the case, you will have to completely relocate the septic system, and this can substantially increase the cost of this work. To plan for your reserve area, you will need to mark off an area of the yard that you will not plan on using in the future.

Plant a Large Amount of Winter Grass around Your Septic Tank

A common problem with septic systems is that they may encounter drainage issues during the winter. Many homeowners may notice that their septic system is more likely to flood their yards during the winter. This often occurs because the grass and plants that are around the septic tank are mostly dormant, and this will drastically reduce the amount of moisture that can be absorbed. 

To avoid this problem, you can you can plant large amount of winter grass over the septic tank and drain field. This grass thrives during the winter months, which can help reduce this problem of flooding because the grass will absorb most of the water that is output by the septic system. 

Keeping your home free of septic system problems does not have to be a daunting or bewildering task. By understanding the importance of planning for future expansion of your drain field and the benefits of planting winter grass over the septic area, you can make sure that you are being a responsible homeowner when it comes to your septic system, and this can help you save major money on future upgrades and repairs. For more information, talk to a professional like Zeb Watts Septic & Underground, Inc.