Prepare your septic tank and drain field for cold weather by handling a few key tasks this fall. The septic plumbing experts at Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning provide their Gig Harbor, WA, and surrounding area clients with maintenance tips to avoid a slew of wintertime complications, including frozen systems. Review what the top septic company in Pierce, Kitsap, and Mason Counties wants you to know about fall septic tank and field maintenance to maintain a functioning system all winter long.
Follow these tips from the company with more than 50 years of industry experience:
Let The Grass Grow: Allow the grass surrounding your septic tank to grow an extra six inches. This includes the tank, drain field, and all connecting pipes. Extra grass provides your system with insulation from winter’s chill and reduces the chance of freezing.
Spread Mulch: Provide your septic tank system with additional insulation by spreading an 8- to 12-inch thick layer of mulch over the entire area. Use straw, hay, or leaves to keep your system warm all winter long. However, if your system is already frozen, avoid adding mulch as it will take longer to thaw.
Fix Leaks: Check your household faucets and other plumbing for leaks. Dripping faucets will result in frozen septic pipes due to eventual ice buildup. Ensure all faucets are drip-free to keep your septic system functional and your water bills low.
Add Warm Water: Douse your septic tank system with warm water every day to keep it from freezing. Wash dishes with hot water or use your dishwasher, do a load of laundry every day instead of several loads in one day, and take hot showers or baths. Do not leave the water running all the time either, as it will cause your system to hydraulically overload.
Schedule septic inspection with Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning to further prepare your system for winter. For more on their septic plumbing, cleaning, and inspection services, call (800) 699-7854 or visit the website.