Septic Emergencies in the Winter
If you live in an area that experiences frigid winters and you have a septic system, there are problems that can arise during those colder months. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to avoid issues like emergency septic pumping due to a backup during the winter. Following a preparation plan in the fall can help you curb any potential problems, but being proactive even when the temperature has dropped can make a difference, too.
Ways to Avoid Winter Septic Issues
You might’ve not had the chance to do any prep during the fall, but when next year rolls around, here are some steps you can take to get ready for winter:
- Add new mulch near systems that do not have adequate grass cover. This will keep snow melt from saturating the ground and causing flooding resulting in the need for emergency septic pumping. Mulch will also add insulation to your system so that underground pipes won’t freeze.
- Before the temps drop, make sure your system is thoroughly inspected, and if needed, repaired. Leaks can prove particularly damaging when winter hits. Also, make sure all pieces are insulated properly.
- Natural Insulation. Never use anti-freeze or chemicals in your septic system to avoid a freeze. If you insulate your system properly, either with grass cover, mulch, or even wild flowers, you won’t need to use anything else that could become potentially hazardous or damaging. Chemicals can disrupt the balance of bacteria in your system and make a small problem much bigger.
Help for Septic Systems During the Winter
If you didn’t get a chance to prep, you can still take steps to avoid disasters during the winter. The main thing is to make sure parts of your system don’t freeze and cause a back up resulting in the need for emergency septic pumping.
- Know where your septic tank and drain field are and make sure to keep snow plows off them. Plows could damage the ground which, in turn, can damage your septic system.
- Hot Water. When the temperatures drop below freezing for an extended period, be sure to frequently flush your system with hot water. You can do this by planning your laundry, dishwasher cycles, and hot showers so that your system gets a dose of warm water frequently throughout the day and evening.
- Don’t Drip. Keeping faucets dripping may help you avoid frozen pipes in the house, but doing this for your septic system will cause more harm than good. A gradual stream of water can overload a septic system which will actually cause pipes near the exit to your home to freeze.
If you do find yourself in need emergency septic pumping, or any septic service, contact us right away! We’re here to help and get you back to normal.