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4 Winter Maintenance Tips for Septic System Owners

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4 Winter Maintenance Tips for Septic System Owners

Owning a home with a septic system has a variety of benefits that can make it easy to maintain and protect your plumbing system when winter weather strikes. Whether you are looking for routine maintenance or tips on how to keep your septic system operating smoothly, Septic Specialists in Springfield, IL is here to help every step of the way. Keep reading to learn about the top four maintenance tips to keep your septic system running efficiently this winter.

Do Not Remove Snow From the Top of Your Septic Tank

One of the first things homeowners do when wanting to keep track of their septic tank that’s buried in the snow is to remove it from the top of the tank, exposing the manhole cover. While this may seem like a great idea, removing the snow from the top of your manhole cover makes it easier for your tank to freeze as the snow initially acts as a sort of insulation from the temperature of the air. To prevent a frozen septic tank, place mulch over your manhole cover before the first snowfall and this should prevent any freezing in the colder months!

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Have Your Septic Tank Pumped Regularly

In the winter, it’s easy to forget about the health of your septic tank, especially when the last thing you want to do is go out in the cold and check on the tank yourself. Regardless, it’s important to have regularly scheduled septic pumping services to ensure that you never have to deal with a clog or backup at the worst of times. At Septic Specialists in Springfield, IL, we have years of experience pumping septic tanks for maintenance in the winter and are here to help you every step of the way. Give us a call today to schedule your first septic pump service.

Avoid Pouring Grease Down the Drain

Pouring grease down the drain after a homemade meal is one of the worst things you can do to your plumbing system. This is one of the main reasons why homeowners in Springfield, IL, and the surrounding areas require frequently septic system maintenance or repairs in the winter from professional companies like Septic Specialists. Grease seems harmless in its liquid form, but once it cools and hardens, it is like super glue on your pipes and septic tank, making it impossible to avoid clogs or slow drainage. Give us a call today if you suspect your septic tank is clogged due to grease.

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Know Where Your Septic Tank & Manhole Cover is Located

Over ¾ of the year, it’s not difficult to locate your septic system’s manhole cover with it being accessible and easy to spot on your property. In this winter, however, having a yard full of snow makes it almost impossible to track the location of your septic tank. When this happens, our team at Septic Specialists is here to offer some key tips on how to make your winter septic maintenance as simple as possible. Get in touch with our team when you call (217) 855-5622  and we’ll help you find ways to easily locate your septic tank and manhole cover.

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