Do you have problems with your septic tank during the winter?
The coldness, snow and holiday guests garbage create stresses in your septic system that can cause heavy damage. It is best to know possible issues, how to detect them and prevent them from happening.
Here are the common septic problems during winter:
1. Frozen Septic System Pipes and Components
Your septic system or its components could freeze when snow or frost goes around it. When this happens, the natural bacteria are unable to break waste materials. The septic system could be clogged up and may cause system overload.
To prevent this, keep your system and its parts warm by putting an insulator, leaves, straw, dirt, cover or blanket. You may consider planting vegetation around it. Using your system daily will keep the water running and prevent freezing.
2. Non-functioning Pipes
If the pipes have leaks and clogs, the water could freeze, accumulate waste in the pipes, and could cause damage to your system. This damage could cause contamination of drinking water. To avoid such issues, make sure there are no leaks and clogs in your pipes. Have them fixed before winter comes.
3. Unfiltered and Accumulated Waste Water
In driving over snow also, ice could pile up over your septic tanks and drain fields and solidify. The soil and compacted snow could limit insulation and create pressure on the system. At the same time, compacted soil in your drain field will prevent wastewater to be properly filtered and drained.
To avert this problem, aerate the soil around your system before the cold weather comes. You may also remove snow build up on your system but avoid driving over certain areas of your lawn where your system is located.
4. Pumping Difficulty
Accumulated snow becomes an obstruction in reaching your tank. Pumping your septic tank becomes more difficult. Digging in the snowy or hard ground will be very challenging too. Tank maintenance should be scheduled on warmer months to avoid having such a problem during winter. Septic tank riser is also a great buy. It provides access to your system above the ground and could withstand the cold weather.
5. Overloaded Tanks
The holiday season means more parties and equates to more food preparation and guests. Your system could be overworked by the additional showers, toilet use, laundry, and meal preparations. Some guests, especially children, may flush unwanted objects down the toilet that could damage your system.
So as not to hinder your festivities, you may consider scheduling showers and laundry. You may prepare your meal over a few days and not all at once. You may remind your guest of proper toilet use while staying with you.
You may always prepare your system for the winter months. For expert Septic Sewer & Drain Services, your best solution is in West Michigan Septic Sewer and Drain Service.
West Michigan Septic Sewer and Drain Service is equipped with the latest technology in detecting problems of septic systems. We clear out waste and dispose of them properly or utilize them as fertilizers. We maintain the records of your system size, location, and cleaning program. We even notify you of your schedule for maintenance. We will ensure that your septic system is in proper condition and you can have peace of mind.
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