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How to Care for Your Septic System in Winter January 16, 2020

North Branford, New Haven County
How to Care for Your Septic System in Winter, North Branford, Connecticut

If you own a septic system, you should pay particularly close to the system’s condition during winter. When temperatures are freezing but snow has not fallen, the system’s parts are exposed to frigid temperatures that can damage them. Keep your system in good health this winter by keeping these four tips in mind.

4 Septic Maintenance Tips for Winter

1. Repair Leaky Water Fixtures

If you’ve noticed that your faucets or toilets are dripping, take action to stop the leak as soon as possible. Frigid temperatures can cause the pipe that flows to your septic system to freeze over.

2. Use Hot Water

septic systemScheduling multiple hot water activities each day will prevent your septic system from freezing. Try to run the dishwasher one day and do a load of laundry on warm or hot water the next. Plan for hot showers in between these points. Also, whenever the house is expected to be empty for an extended period, have a family member or friend come over at least once a day to turn on the hot water.

3. Insulate the Tank

Placing an insulating cover or several inches of mulch over the tank and large pipes will prevent essential components from freezing. It will also prevent waste inside the tank from freezing, which could cause serious and costly damage to the entire system. 

4. Limit Lawn Activity

You shouldn’t park heavy vehicles or walk over the area around your septic system regardless of the time of the year, but it is especially important during winter. Doing so pushes any existing frost deeper into the soil and can cause pipes to freeze.


Another important step for protecting your septic system this winter is to have the professionals at Sanitrol Septic Services perform a thorough inspection. For over 35 years, this family-owned company has provided septic cleaning and inspection services to North Branford and all of Connecticut. Their experienced team is available 24/7 and uses the most advanced equipment to provide quality and efficient work. Call them today at (203) 315-3202 for a free same-day estimate, and visit their website to learn more about their septic services.

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