Maintaining your septic tank is a year-round task. However, maintenance in the winter is particularly tricky, making the months leading up to winter a crucial time to resolve any issues. Ensuring your tank is in optimal condition is the best way to avoid costly maintenance during the winter. We’ve compiled a list of the top tips to consider to prepare your septic system for the winter months.
Resolve Issues Before Winter
If you’re having any sort of issue with your septic tank, you should get it resolved before winter hits. If you notice a faint rotten egg smell on warm days, puddles in your drain field, gurgling drains, slow flushing toilets, or other septic system-related issues, it’s time to call in a professional. These issues might seem minor, but they can cause bigger issues during the winter months.
Pump Your Tank
If it’s been a while since your last septic tank pumping, fall is a good time to pump your tank. During the winter, your tank can be difficult to locate in the snow. Additionally, the frozen ground will be difficult to dig into, preventing access to your tank. Because it is especially difficult to pump your tank during the winter, it’s best to schedule a pumping during the fall months.
Fix All Leaks
If your faucet or plumbing has leaks, fall is a good time to fix them. Dripping faucets can lead to frozen pipes when the water turns to ice. Therefore, it’s important to fix leaks before the weather is cold enough for pipe freezing. You should also inspect your tank lid to make sure there are no cracks or leaks. If water and cold can seep into the septic system through the ground, it can lead to freezing and an overworked system.
During the fall, you might have a lot of guests in your home. Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinner, and pumpkin carving get-togethers will all bring together friends and family. These gatherings can be a lot of fun, but they can be a stress on your septic system, especially if your holiday celebrations involve overnight guests. For this reason, it’s important to practice water conservation in your home to reduce the stress on your septic system. Simple acts like staggering your showers and laundry can help your system remain healthy. Click here for more tips on conserving water in your home during the holidays. When you conserve water in your home, you can avoid overworking your septic system and be sure that it will remain in proper working order.
Grow Out Your Grass
During the fall, you should let the grass surrounding your septic tank, drain field, and connecting pipes grow an extra six inches. The extra grass will provide your septic system with insulation from the winter’s cold. This insulation will reduce the chance of your system freezing during the cold winter months.
Another way to insulate your septic system during the winter is to spread mulch. Spread an 8-12 inch thick layer over the whole septic system area. This option is a good choice to provide your system with additional insulation. Spreading mulch is best done in the fall before the weather is too cold. If the ground and/or your system is already frozen, the mulch will provide insulation and cause thawing to take longer.
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