The harsh weather of winter can prove to be brutal on your septic system. There are various factors such as snow and soil compaction that affect the components of your septic system and even freeze them up. The best way to prevent any septic damage from occurring is first to understand the potential causes of the problems and then find the right solutions for them.
In this blog, we are going to talk about how cold weather affects a septic system and what are the ways to prevent it.
1) Frozen Components
During winter, the freezing temperature outside makes the various components of your septic system freeze up. With the septic tank being frozen, the waste does not break down quickly, which causes problems for the residents. The most affected areas usually are the pipes that lead from the house into the septic tank, as well as the tank and the drain field. You can deal with this problem by covering your septic system with an insulating cover or blanket and keeping it warm during the winter months. Regular usage of septic systems also makes them less susceptible to freezing, thanks to the continually flowing water.
2) Snow And Soil Compaction
When you park your car above the septic tank or drain field, it causes the snow to get compacted in the area. When the soil over the septic tank compacts heavily, this results in less effective insulation of your tank and leads to a frozen system. To avoid this issue, make sure to aerate your soil before winter and stop driving over the septic tank area.
3) Malfunctioning Pipes
If your pipes have leaks or clogs, it can lead to improper drainage. Not only that, but the cold air passing through these leaks can also cause the water to freeze, further damaging your septic system. On the other hand, if there are clogs in your pipes, they can cause the wastewater to accumulate and eventually freeze due to cold weather. The best way to avoid these issues is by fixing leaky pipes before the cold sets in. Also, make sure to address the clogs or leaks quickly before they turn more severe.
4) Overworked Septic System
With guests coming over for the holiday season, it is normal for your septic tank to be used more than normal. The increase in showers and laundry will eventually overwork the system, increasing the possibility of damage. On top of that, guests who are not familiar with septic systems might flush unauthorized items down the toilet. To avoid any of these issues, stagger showers and laundry usage so that a large amount of water is not used at once. Also, ask your guests not to flush unauthorized items down the toilet.
5) Irregular Usage
Not using your septic tank for a long time can also cause it to freeze over. This is a common occurrence in homes that are not always used during winter. It also happens in homes where only one or two inhabitants live. Since wastewater does not pass through the pipes regularly, the flowing water doesn’t prevent them from freezing.
6) Difficulty In Pumping
Many homeowners find it difficult to pump their septic tank during winter. This is because the frozen ground makes it hard to dig into the yard and reach the septic tank. While it is not impossible to perform maintenance during the winter, one should still do it before the cold season comes in. With an early pumping, you will decrease the likelihood of necessary maintenance and septic problems during winter.
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