If you're approaching your first winter with a septic system, it's important to be proactive about protecting it from the upcoming cold weather. Septic systems are vulnerable to freezing and other cold weather damage if you don't take care of them properly. Here are a few of the things you should be attentive to that may increase the risk of your septic system freezing.
When you get minimal snowfall during the winter, there's nothing to insulate the ground from the cold air temperatures. That can lead to freezing in the septic system. If you haven't had a lot of snow through the winter, watch the temperatures so that you can add some kind of blanket insulation before a cold snap. Your plumber can help you with the best way to insulate the septic area of your yard.
If you've just had the septic system installed in the fall season, that means you haven't had time to develop any ground cover over the area. If it's mostly bare dirt over your septic tank, that can leave it at greater risk of freezing. Just like a layer of snow, ground cover and vegetation can add some insulation in the area. That same ground cover also provides something that the snow can settle on and stick to, which enhances the insulation benefit of the snow.
Poor Tank Cover Seal
If the septic tank cover isn't sealing completely, air will seep beyond it. The cold air reaching the tank can cause freezing because there's no way to bring the temperature up inside the tank.
Sporadic System Operation
Before you go on vacation or go away for several days, you'll want to find a way to keep things flowing into the tank. Leaving the tank stagnant for several days in the midst of freezing temperatures will actually allow the temperature to drop in the tank, permitting the liquid to freeze.
It can also leave your pipes at risk of freezing because you won't have water moving through them. When the water sits, it is more likely to freeze than if it's flowing. Even slow moving water is less likely to freeze. Leaving a trickle of water running if possible or have someone come over to flush the toilets once or twice a day while you're gone.
The more attentive you are to your septic system throughout the winter, the better the chances you'll have of keeping the system from freezing. For more information, contact local professionals like Aaa Plumbing.Share
4 October 2016
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