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Why Does Snow Over My Septic Tank Melt So Quickly? February 4, 2019

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Why Does Snow Over My Septic Tank Melt So Quickly?, Waterloo, Illinois

During the winter, snow tends to get on just about everything, including your septic tank. If you’ve noticed that the snow over your tank has melted to the ground, you may be wondering if it’s anything to be concerned about. Here’s some further information about this matter.

What Causes Snow to Melt Over a Septic Tank?

If snow falls on top of your septic tank, expect it to melt soon. The sewage inside your tank generates heat, which causes the snow to melt to the ground. This is normal and a sign that your tank is working properly and breaking down solids. However, if your septic system isn’t working properly, the melting snow may cause issues.

How Can I Tell If There’s an Issue?

If your septic tank is older and has accumulated too much sediment, the melting snow may be more likely to cause system failure. Here are signs there may be something wrong with your tank:

  • Lush Patches of Grass: Lush grass generally sounds nice. However, if the grass is flourishing in one area more than others, it indicates that sewage is seeping around that particular space. The nitrate and phosphate in sewage make it a strong fertilizer. The lush grass might mean that there’s a leak in your tank.

  • septic tankSlow Draining Sinks & Bathtubs: Is the water in your sinks and bathtubs going down much slower than usual? If so, it could indicate an issue with your septic system.

  • Strong Odors: If you notice a strong odor coming from the absorption field, the sewage from your septic tank may have seeped into the soil. This is considered a health hazard and should be addressed immediately.


If you need assistance with your septic tank, turn to the professionals at J & J Septic & Sewer Cleaning in Waterloo, IL. They specialize in septic system cleaning and septic repair services and pay attention to detail in every job they do. They are dedicated to satisfying the needs of their customers and will take the time to answer all your questions. For more information about their services, call (618) 939-3001 or visit their website.

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