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A Guide to Septic Tank Maintenance in the Winter January 12, 2018

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A Guide to Septic Tank Maintenance in the Winter, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska

Your septic system plays a crucial role in keeping your family happy and healthy. Yet, during the harsh temperatures of winter, many homeowners struggle with septic tank maintenance and keeping the system from freezing. Here’s a more detailed look at some common seasonal issues, as well as what you can do to avoid them.

Septic Tank Maintenance Tips for Freezing Weather

Use Insulation

septic tank maintenanceYour septic system needs insulation to keep from freezing. Use a cover or blanket on the tank and drain field to trap heat inside your system. You should also use landscaping to your advantage. In the fall, establish vegetative cover over these areas, as plants will further insulate the system.

Avoid Compaction

If you drive over your septic system, the soil and snow beneath your wheels will become compacted. When this happens, the snow gets pushed deeper into the ground, causing septic components to freeze. To prevent this, avoid driving over your system or placing heavy structures above it.

Keep Using It

If your system is not used regularly—or if you leave town for the weekend —water won’t continue flowing through it. Because flowing water is less likely to freeze, your system may be at risk of freezing if left alone for long periods. If you anticipate a trip away from home, leave a couple faucets dripping so the water continues flowing.


If you need help with your septic tank maintenance this winter season, reach out to the professionals at Bigfoot Pumping & Thawing. Based in North Pole, AK, these professionals offer more than 25 years of emergency plumbing experience, including drain cleaning and pipe thawing. Contact a friendly representative today to learn more about their services by calling (907) 488-9855. You can also like them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest news and offerings.
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