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Spring is upon us and with the change of seasons, it is important to make sure your plumbing system is ready for the change in temperature. At Powell’s Plumbing, we want to ensure all Winchester homeowners have the knowledge they need to keep their plumbing operating safely. One of the most important systems to prepare for the change in seasons is the septic system.

There are several tips to keep your septic system in working order in the spring months including:

Check for pooling water: After a large rainstorm, it is important to check your yard for pooling water. A flooded drain field is a common cause for concern with septic systems, and if left unaddressed, can cause severe damage.

Inspect the tank filter: Tank filters often become clogged from debris left over from both winter and early spring storms. To ensure your system operates properly, it is vital to regularly check the tank filter and clear it of any blockages.

Redirect gutters: With an increased amount of rainfall in the spring, homeowners should redirect gutters to ensure that water does not pool in the drain field of the septic system, as this can lead to flooding.

Waterproof the basement: Basements often become flooded in the springtime due to increased rainfall, so it is important to make sure that your sump pump is in working order, there are no cracks in the foundation, and the drain field of your septic system is clear. You will
also want to ensure the basement is waterproofed to mitigate the risk of flooding.

Pump the tank: Most septic tanks do not get pumped during the winter months because the ground is frozen. With spring fast approaching, it is a good idea to contact a plumber to have your tank pumped.

If your Winchester septic system needs pumping, cleaning, or repair, turn to the experienced team at Powell’s Plumbing. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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