Post-Winter Septic System Check-Up: What Northern Alberta Homeowners Need to Do

Septic System

Northern Alberta is no stranger to complicated weather conditions when spring nears, and homeowners should turn their attention to an essential post-winter septic system check-up. The transition from winter to spring may reveal small failures that have occurred over winter, hidden by snow or frost, that could lead to much more significant damage if not addressed or repaired. SepTech Solutions is dedicated to ensuring your septic system remains healthy and fully functional during this critical time.

Identifying Potential Septic System Issues

Keep an eye out for these signs, which could indicate emerging problems with your septic system this spring:

  • Flooding at the Septic Field: Puddles around your septic field, mound or sand filter may signal an issue.
  • Unpleasant Odours: A strong smell near your septic tank suggests there might be an overflow, necessitating urgent professional attention.
  • Standing Water: Water pooling at your drainage or discharge area indicates a percolation issue that will be progressively worse.
  • Avoid Chemicals for Clogs: Should you suspect a clog, refrain from using harsh chemicals, as they can harm the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank. It’s best to seek professional assistance for safe and environmentally friendly solutions.

Septic System Check-up Tips for Homeowners

Adopt these practices to prevent major septic system complications:

    • Professional Septic System Inspection: Have a professional inspect your septic system for minor problems that could escalate. They’ll check for any damage caused by winter’s harsh conditions and make necessary repairs.
    • Gutter Downspout Adjustment: Ensure that gutter downspouts direct water away from your septic system to minimize flooding risk.
  • Test float systems: Manually engage (hook) pump and alarm floats to ensure they are working correctly, on and off. 
  • High Water Alarm: The best protection against septic system backup is a functioning, properly set high water alert system (alarm). Septic alarms can notify you up to five days before a sewer backup happens, providing time for repair without damage. If you do not have a septic high water limit alarm, contact a professional for installation. 

How SepTech Can Help Northern Alberta Homeowners

By adhering to these spring maintenance tips and staying vigilant for signs of trouble, you’re on the right path to safeguarding your septic system. Regular upkeep extends the lifespan of your septic system and prevents expensive damage resulting from flooding or blockages.

If you observe any concerning signs or it’s time for a check-up, spring is the perfect season to schedule a septic system inspection. SepTech Solutions is ready to address any issues with your septic system, employing safe, reliable, and effective methods to ensure your system remains in top condition.