Your septic system is critical if you want your family's household plumbing to work as it is supposed to. A good septic system should be pretty easy to take care of and should mostly maintain itself, particularly if you have it emptied every few years as directed. However, there are a few care tips that you should remember. These are a few that you should remember when you're outdoors and around your septic system drainfield.
1. Avoid Driving Over the Drainfield
Cars are heavy, and if you drive one over your drainfield, you have to worry about damaging your septic tank and its accompanying pipes. This means that you should avoid driving or parking in the area. Planting flowers around the perimeter of the drainfield or otherwise adding identifying markers can help you avoid the area when you're driving. Also, consider blocking off the area so that your guests won't park on top of your septic tank when you're having a party.
2. Be Careful Where You Add Structures
If you are planning on putting a swingset in your backyard for your kids, or if you are planning on building a storage shed, you should avoid doing so on top of your septic tank. All of the extra weight can cause a problem for your septic system; plus, it will be more difficult to access the tank and its accompanying plumbing if there is a structure in the way.
3. Keep an Eye Out
When you're outdoors, remember to take a look at your septic system every now and then. This will help you monitor any changes, such as a change in the grade of the dirt and grass on top of your septic tank, strange and offensive odors and other differences from how your system usually looks and works. By keeping an eye out, you can catch any potential problems before they become too serious and can hire a professional to come and take a look at your system if necessary.
As you can see, there are a few outdoor tips that you should remember if you want to have a healthy septic system. If you follow these tips when you're outdoors, you should not have to worry about your septic system being damaged. Then, you can enjoy it for many years to come with minimal effort on your part, other than having it cleaned and inspected by a professional waste removal company every now and then.