Downtown North Pole, Alaska
2609 S Goldenrod Circle
North Pole, AK 99705

3 Septic Tank Maintenance Steps to Prepare Your System for Spring March 12, 2019

Downtown North Pole, Fairbanks North Star
3 Septic Tank Maintenance Steps to Prepare Your System for Spring, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska

When preparing your home for spring, put septic tank maintenance at the top of your to-do list. While spring weather happens a little later in Alaska, the increase in wetness will affect your septic system and drain field.  Here are a few essential tasks to keep your system running smoothly.

What Septic Tank Maintenance Is Needed Before Spring?

1. Clean Gutters & Redirect Drain Spouts

The first half of the Alaskan spring is usually wet. There’s an uptick in rain, and the warmer temperatures will cause the layers of ice and snow to melt. If this runoff is not directed away from your drain field, it will saturate the soil, which prevents incoming waste from being properly treated. Prevent this by cleaning your gutters and downspouts and pointing them away from the drain field.

2. Locate & Clean Septic Filterseptic tank maintenance

The septic filter stops solids from entering the drain field. Over time, it can become clogged and cause the system to back up. When inspecting your tank, you can find the filter on the inside of the outlet baffle that leads into the drain field. Remove it from the tank, and clean it with a hose. Doing this about every four months will prevent easily avoidable repairs and premature line failure. 

3. Schedule Septic Tank Pumping

The cold soil temperatures in Alaska prevent bacteria from growing in the tank, so waste doesn’t naturally break down over time. To counter this, you’ll have to schedule septic tank pumping more frequently than homeowners in other parts of the country. Ideally, this should be every two years, but if you use a garbage disposal, a whirlpool, or hot tub, annual pumping is more accurate. This will prevent any risk of waste overflowing onto your yard, backing up into your home, or causing the system to fail.


Prepare your septic system for the spring weather by having it cleaned by the professionals at Bigfoot Pumping & Thawing. They are a locally owned business, and their team provides septic tank maintenance to the Greater Fairbanks, AK, region. Call them today at (907) 488-9855 to schedule septic pumping. For more information about their other services, visit their website

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Bigfoot Pumping & Thawing
FAQs About Sewer Lines, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska
Partially because they are subterranean and partially because they involve waste, sewer lines are rarely at the forefront of any resident’s mind. But having some knowledge about more
The Top 5 Steps to Take Immediately When a Pipe Bursts, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska
Whether it’s due to weakened materials or an unseasonable drop in temperature caused the water inside to freeze, a burst pipe requires immediate action to minimize water more
When Should You Replace Your Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures?, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska
The plumbing fixtures in your bathroom are both stylish and functional. Though they last a long time, you’ll need to replace them toward the end of their usable life to more
3 Causes of Low Water Pressure, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska
Low water pressure can be a nuisance throughout your home. It can be difficult to shower and wash dishes, and you may have problems watering your garden. Regardless of whether more
What Happens to Your Septic Tank When You Flush Items, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska
One of the most significant factors that influences a septic system’s life span and performance is what you send into it. All homeowners need to understand what is safe to flush and more