Your septic tank is crucial to your family’s comfort, but during the fall and winter, the harsh weather poses threats. Seasonal septic maintenance is essential to the durability and longevity of your tank, preventing it from freezing, rupturing, and requiring costly repairs. Consult the following guide to avoid a septic tank issue when the weather is frigid.
How to Maintain Your Septic Tank in the Cold
Fall is an ideal time to schedule septic tank pumping if it has been three to five years since the last session. Locating the tank under blankets of snow is often challenging, but leaving excess sludge and scum in the tank all winter makes freeze-related ruptures much more dangerous and expensive.
Keeping the warm and hot water flowing into your tank throughout late fall and winter is one of the best ways to prevent it from freezing. Taking a few hot baths a week is one relaxing option—another is using the hottest setting on your washing machine.
Adequate insulation will protect your septic tank from freezing temperatures. You can let the grass grow another six inches, or add up to 12 inches of mulching materials—such as straw—to keep the ground around your tank from freezing.
Maintaining proper drainage habits is also key to preventing an overloaded, cracked septic tank during the winter. Add strainers to all of your drains, and flush nothing but toilet paper down your toilets. Keep coffee grounds, eggshells, cotton swabs, cotton balls, food scraps, grease, oil, and fat out of your plumbing system as well.
In addition to septic tank pumping, schedule a professional inspection to ensure your system is surviving the cold. Repairs are much easier to accomplish in the fall when the ground is still warm and you can prevent expensive winter ruptures.
Patterson Septic Service is a fully insured, family-owned company that has been providing Jackson Center, PA, and the surrounding areas with septic pumping, cleaning, installation, and repair services since 1987. Residential and commercial septic tank services are available, including 24/7 emergency service. Call (724) 662-3996 for a free estimate, or visit the website for details.