Many people run on septic, but have no idea how to best care for their septic tank system. When the temperature drops, maintenance is especially important to ensure no problems arise. Gig Harbor's Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning, who provides full septic system service to corporate and residential buildings, has a few helpful tips for residents.
The company's friendly experts will help you with the ins and outs of winterizing your plumbing system. Let's get started:
- Fix Leaks: Do a quick survey of all your exposed pipes, both indoors and out. Even the smallest leak can cause problems in freezing weather, so be sure to repair any and all.
- Prevent A Frozen Sump Pump: Remove drain plugs and apply pipe insulation or heat tape, always making sure the pump stays above 32 degrees. Your sump and utility pump should extend away from your residence to prevent standing water, which can lead to freezing and damage.
- Insulate Pipes: Add a thick layer of insulation around all your pipes in unheated areas. Fiberglass or polyethylene insulation tubes work well and can be picked up at your local plumbing or hardware store.
- Sprinkler System: If you have a sprinkler system, you should winterize it so it doesn’t collect water and cause problems. Simply turn off the water and turn on the valve, flushing out any water collected.
Of course, if you run into any issues, don’t hesitate to ask the experts at Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning.
For more information about septic tank pumping and other services, visit Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning online or call (800) 699-7854. If you need help after hours, call (253) 851-3432.