Extreme cold weather can bring lots of septic problems. For example, if an onsite septic system freezes, it can stop working, back up into your house and necessitate expensive repairs. Therefore, it is important to take precautionary steps so that this doesn't happen. Here are some helpful measures:
Insulate the Whole System
The most important step is to insulate not only the pipes, but the whole system that includes the pipes, drain field and tank. There are different methods of achieving this such as:
Use a combination of these methods for maximum insulation. For example, if you don't have vegetative cover, then you can insulate the system with expanded polystyrene and then cover the whole ground above it with mulch.
Don't Compact the Insulation
Apart from the above insulating measures, you can also keep it efficient by preventing frost from getting deep into the soil. The best way of doing this is to avoid any action that would compact the insulating cover, be it snow, soil or mulch. The more compacted the cover is, the more it will allow frost to go deeper into the soil and (possibly) reach the tank.
Maintain it and Keep it Running
A septic system that is not being used is more likely to freeze than one that is running. There are several reasons for this. For example:
If your system is already frozen, then call a septic technician (such as one from Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service) to unfreeze it fast and prevent further damages. These professionals have things like tank heaters and high-pressure jetters that they use to repair frozen septic systems.Share
26 March 2015
Do you know when to call a plumber? I had it in my head that plumbing was a simple system in my home that I could manage myself, but quickly learned otherwise. After completing a bathroom renovation myself and having a few of the water and drain pipe connections fail, I quickly learned that it was one job that I should have left to a professional. My website offers you simple solutions to small plumbing issues and a short guide to help you determine if your best option is to call in the professional plumbers. Hopefully, my mistakes will help you learn what not to do in your home.