The septic tank solved a problem humankind had for centuries. Ancient civilizations often had their own systems for managing and discarding sewage and waste water, but no process was effective at eliminating the waste while protecting the environment and humans from contamination. In fact, poor sewage systems are thought to have contributed to the rise and spread of the Black Plague in the Middle Ages!

Jean-Louis Mouras is credited with inventing the first septic system in the 19th Century, but years later, American inventors would refine and improve Mouras’ idea to create the modern septic system we know (and secretly love) today.

Your Idaho septic tank functions like any tank system found across the U.S. today; however, there are a few tips to keep in mind to maintain the functionality and integrity of your system in the Gem State.

The Weather

In Idaho, we’re lucky to witness four seasons, but depending on where you live, the weather in each season can vary. Boiling summers and freezing winters are possible across Idaho and have the potential to impact how your septic tank functions. In particular, these temperature swings impact how the live bacteria in your system operates. (Note: Bacteria is essential to a septic tank. It breaks down solids!)

Bacteria thrive in warm weather, so when the temperature dips, the bacterial process can slow down, and your tank becomes less efficient. You can prevent this with regular maintenance and avoid using anti-bacterial or harmful cleaners in your toilet bowls, showers, and sinks. This can hurt your bacteria in your septic system and prevent problems as the weather gets colder.

The Melt

We’re gifted with gorgeous mountain views in Idaho, and every spring, our mountain sides come alive again as snow melts away. This can create potential water run offs that could impact your septic system! If water pools around the system, that means your septic is working overtime to manage the overflow.

This can be prevented at installation. Septic systems should be installed properly to avoid major melt issues. Furthermore, try to direct any water puddling or run-off away from your tank. This will limit the damage.

The Wildfires

Wildfires are becoming stronger and more common in Idaho. Luckily, because septic systems are buried deep in the ground, these units are rarely impacted by wildfires. However, the external parts of the system can be damaged.

After a wildfire, examine the septic components that stick out of the ground. If there is damage, refrain from using any plumbing until an expert can inspect and repair your system. This could prevent further destruction. If the unit appears fine, schedule an inspection for a later date to confirm it’s safe to use. Afterward, flush your toilets, rinse the drains, and clean faucets to reduce any smoky smells or tastes.

ABC Pumping Can Help Idaho Septic Tank Owners

Whether you need general maintenance or septic tank repairs, our team of trained experts at ABC Pumping can help you protect your Idaho septic system. As an Idaho-based company, we know your system’s particular needs and problems. Schedule your appointment today! 


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