Before you start spending money, make sure you’ve diagnosed your problem correctly and you understand what’s going on. Lack of snow cover and dropping temperatures can be trouble for homeowners with septic systems. Snow helps to insulate septic systems and keep them from freezing.
How to get rid of winter septic tank problems? Here are a few tips.
- Place a layer of mulch 8 to 12 inches thick over the pipes, tank, and soil treatment system to provide extra insulation. This can be straw, leaves, hay or other loose material that will stay in place and not become compacted. This is particularly important for new systems that were installed so late in the year that vegetative cover didn’t get established. However, if the system is currently frozen, don’t add mulch now; it will delay thawing in the spring.
- Use water—the warmer the better—if you’re worried your system is starting to freeze. Spread out your laundry schedule so you run one warm/hot load a day. Use the dishwasher and take hot baths. Do not leave the water running all the time—this will overload the septic system.
- Going away for an extended period? Have someone use warm water in the home regularly or pump out your tank before leaving.
- Fix any leaky plumbing fixtures or appliances in your home. This will help prevent freezing problems and help your system perform better all year.
- Keep all vehicles, animals, and people traffic off the system. This is a rule to follow all year as compacted snow and soils cause frost to go down deeper and faster. Pay special attention to the area between the house and tank.
- Keep an eye on your system. If any seeping or ponding occurs, contact an onsite professional to help determine the cause and remedy.
- Add more insulation to your system. This could include replacing the pipe with an insulated pipe, adding expanded foam panels over septic tanks, or adding more soil cover.
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