Many homeowners rely on septic systems for their wastewater treatment, but winter months in Ohio can cause pipelines and septic tanks to freeze. Routine septic tank services are recommended year-round to avoid costly damage and repairs, but there is also maintenance that is unique to the winter months. With these tips, you can keep your septic system healthy and working even when temperatures drop.
Tips for Septic Tank Services in Winter
1. Use Your System Normally
Running water prevents pipes and water lines from freezing when temperatures drop below 32-degrees Fahrenheit; but unlike some wastewater systems, it’s not a good idea to leave your faucets dripping overnight if you have a septic tank. Taking showers, doing laundry, and flushing toilets should be enough to keep water flowing and to prevent freezing.
2. Aerate Your Lawn
The drain field is also susceptible to freezing in cold temperatures. Aerating the soil helps keeps the ground from compacting or freezing when your septic tank drains in winter. Ideally, this should be done before November, but it can also be done anytime winter weather warms enough to allow it.
3. Have Your Tank Pumped
Pumping removes the sludge and built-up waste inside your septic tank. Septic tanks should be routinely pumped according to their size and capacity, and the size of your household. In general, it’s recommended for owners to hire a septic tank service to pump their tanks every three years. Otherwise, your home could experience a back-up of sewage once the tank surpasses its capacity.
If you need septic tank services in south central Ohio, the full-service septic care company Ervco Sanitation in Wellston specializes in septic system maintenance and portable restroom rentals. Known for their affordable prices and excellent customer service, they can handle any sized job within the Athens, Chillicothe, Jackson, Portsmouth, and Waverly communities. Call (800) 841-9792 or visit their website to request a free no obligation quote for services.