For most homeowners across America, septic system maintenance is rarely a priority on their monthly to-do list. We never realize how integral this underground structure is in running our home unless problems start to arise. An overflowing septic system is the worst nightmare of any homeowner. Not only is it embarrassing but it can also be a threat to your health and well-being.

Because of this, a monthly upkeep of the septic system is indispensable to avoid costly issues and to keep your system running efficiently for a long time!

Here are some useful tips that can help you keep your septic system working in top condition across all seasons.


December, January, and February are the coldest months with some areas witnessing snowfall. This poses the risk of septic tank freezing. Here are the tips that will help you avoid it.

  • Dripping faucets, showers, and sinks, as well as leaky plumbing systems, can result in ice formation in the septic tank. Fix the leaks immediately.
  • Take warm baths and use warm water to wash the utensils as well as clothes. Letting the warm water flow into the septic tank also prevents ice formation.
  • Check the tank and pipes for any cracks and also ensure that all the caps are in place. Securely close the opening. Otherwise, it will allow the cold air to penetrate the tank.


March, April, and May are the months of unpredictable seasonal changes, with the sudden spells of rain and muddy surroundings. This is how you can keep the septic tank troubles at bay.

  • Divert the gutter channels of your home away from the septic covers, D box and leach field. This will prevent the pooling of water in your yard and the overflowing of the tank.
  • If you notice a foul odor inside or outside your home, this can be due to a clogged tank. Consider pumping the system or hire professionals for a cleaning service.
  • Located on the outlet side of the septic system, the septic filters need regular maintenance. This will keep a check on the collection of scum and solid debris, and prevent them from being carried over to your leach field.
  • Don’t let mud or other obstructions settle over the septic cover. This will ensure that the tank is easily accessible for any cleaning or repair job.


June, July, and August bring the joy of sunny weather. This also increases water usage, putting a strain on your septic system. Adhere to these tips to have an enjoyable, stress-free summer.

  • Your septic system can only hold items that decompose easily. Hence, avoid flushing things that will fill your tank with solids. This can clog the septic system components, or worse, cause failure.
  • Remember to keep all the vehicles as well as heavy equipment away from your septic tank. Otherwise, the pressure of vehicle can compact the soil. There is also a risk of damaging the septic pipes, leading to costly repairs.
  • If you are considering landscape renovation, choose grass or shallow-rooted plantings for the drain fields.


September, October, and November require you to take special care of your septic tank to keep it working efficiently throughout winter. These maintenance tips will come in handy.

  • Allow the grass over your drain field to grow some extra inches. This grass bed will insulate the soil, and keep your tank from freezing in winter.
  • For additional insulation, spread an 8 to 12-inch thick layer of mulch over the drain field.
  • Autumn brings many reasons to celebrate such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and other get-togethers. This means more guests in the house and more water usage. Try to conserve water. Put off tasks such as shower and laundry to avoid overworking your septic system.

Despite all the diligent care and maintenance efforts, if your septic system causes problems, Five Star Septic has you covered for all your needs. If you have questions about our services, call us at 703-716-0707 today!