How to Care for Your Septic Tank During the Winter

Jan 15, 2023

How to Care for Your Septic Tank During the Winter

The cold temperatures of winter can take a toll on your septic tank if you don’t adequately prepare your septic system for the cold weather.

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In this article, we will discuss some of the preventive measures you can take to prevent your septic tank from freezing and keep it in good working order all winter long.

Pump out Your Septic Tank

If the total solid accumulation is between 30% and 50% of your septic tank’s total capacity, ensure you pump out the tank before winter sets in. Keep in mind that your septic tank is more likely to fill up faster during the winter when you’re hosting more guests for the holidays. So it’s a good idea to have a professional septic company inspect your septic tank before winter and determine if septic tank pumping is necessary. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you are dealing with a full septic tank in the middle of winter.

Make Sure Your Septic Tank Is Well Insulated

A healthy, thick lawn of grass over your septic tank provides a layer of insulation that helps prevent the system from freezing when the temperatures plummet. If there’s no grass over your septic tank, place an 8-12 inch layer of straw mulch on top of the tank, the drainfield, and the pipes. Adding some insulation to your septic system can keep your septic components in good working condition during cold weather and prevent a number of issues. You may want to consult with a professional septic company on how to insulate your septic system if you need help.

Remove Compacted Snow on Your Septic Tank

A little bit of snow on your septic tank can act as a good insulator, but a heavy layer of compacted snow can add too much pressure on the tank and cause damage. Besides, too much compacted snow on your septic tank can prevent it from absorbing heat and result in a frozen septic tank. It’s advisable to avoid driving vehicles or heavy machinery over your septic tank, as this may lead to snow compaction and septic tank damage. Make sure you remove compacted snow, large equipment, and heavy debris from your septic tank.

Get a Septic Tank Inspection

Have your septic tank inspected before winter so that you can identify if there are any problems and employ preventive measures to keep the tank working properly throughout the winter. You should also watch out for signs of trouble during winter and take quick action as soon as you notice any issues.

Below are other tips to help ensure your septic tank remains in good working order during winter.

  • Be careful about what you put down your drains
  • Do not drive vehicles or heavy machinery over your septic system
  • Don’t let your septic tank sit unused for too long
  • Mark the septic tank location
  • Avoid excessive use of chemical drain cleaners

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