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Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

When I purchased a home on the outskirts of town, I was pretty nervous about using a septic system. I imagined muddy, sewage-filled landscaping and toilets that wouldn't flush. However, after I did a little research, I realized that septic care is easy if you stay on top of it. The purpose of my blog is to help others to understand the intricacies of caring for their septic systems, so that you can tackle problems early. With a little attention and maintenance, your septic tank can plug along problem free for many years to come. Save this blog as a resource so that you aren't left guessing later.

Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

This Is Why Your Septic Tank Keeps Filling Up During The Winter Months

by Cathy Lewis

Have you noticed that your septic tank seems to fill up more quickly during the cold months of the year than the hot ones? Ever wondered why? It's possible that your septic tank or the pipe leading to is damaged. Here's what you need to know about this damage, why it's leading your septic tank to fill up more quickly, and what you can do to solve the problem:


Septic tanks and the pipes leading to them are sturdy and reliable pieces of equipment, but that doesn't mean that they're invincible. Things like minor earth movements (earthquakes) and the ground shifting can potentially put strain on a septic tank, resulting in it cracking or breaking open. While your plumbing may still work without any major issues, you may end up finding that your septic tank fills up more quickly during certain months than others.

Snow and Rain

The main reason for your septic tank filling up so quickly is the fact that it tends to snow or rain during the cold months of the year. Believe it or not, melted snow and rain can seep down through the ground and potentially fill up a septic tank with water if it or the pipe leading up to it are damaged in some way. When this happens, the result is that your septic tank fills up quickly even if you're barely using the plumbing in your home. 

What to Do About It

There's no two ways around it: you need to have your septic tank repaired. Having it filling up more quickly than it should can lead to overflows of the septic tank, and spending more money to have it emptied (and potentially the area around it cleaned up if there's an overflow). However, that's not all. If things can get into your septic tank, chances are things can get out of it, too

Over time, without fixing the problem, it's possible that what's going out through your plumbing may end up seeping into the ground near your home. This can cause pollution, plus there's the possibility of sewage rising to the surface and causing an awful stink and an even worse appearance.

The solution here is simple: hire a professional for septic tank repairs. This unfortunately isn't an avenue that the average homeowner can fix all on their own, so it's best to hire a professional and get the help that you need quickly and efficiently.