How to Protect Your Septic System from Freezing

Just like any system that involves water or liquids, a septic system runs the risk of freezing, partially or wholly, during the cold winter. Freezing temperature can cause various components of yo...

How to Protect Your Septic System from Freezing

Dec 08

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How to Protect Your Septic System from Freezing

Just like any system that involves water or liquids, a septic system runs the risk of freezing, partially or wholly, during the cold winter. Freezing temperature can cause various components of your system to freeze and effect the system as a whole. Septic systems that are irregularly used are especially susceptible to freezing, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves here at Metro Septic Pumping. These are some ways to protect your septic system from freezing. If you have any additional questions or concerns, or if you would like to hire a septic professional, then call Metro Septic Pumping to speak with a live representative now. We are always happy to help.

Prevent Septic Freeze Ups

It is best to start early if you want to prevent septic system freeze ups. Before the cold weather comes around, make sure to repair any leaky plumbing as they are generally the starting points of freezing. Next, pump out or clean your septic tank if you have not done so in a while. It is more comfortable and often cheaper to get it done before wintertime comes around.
Next, insulate. Either replace old pipes with insulated pipes or add expanded foam panels over exposed pipes. Place a 12-inch layer of mulch over pipes, the tank, and drain field area to add insulation. Make sure the material is not compacted. Snow cover is also a great insulator as long as the snow has not been compacted. Snow that has been compacted by foot or vehicle traffic can drive down frost.
Finally, make sure to use your septic system responsibly and regularly. Spread out your laundry usage and use hot water often. Do not leave the water running continuously as you might with a centralized sewer system. Septic tanks can be overwhelmed if you keep the water running. If you plan on going away for an extended period, then ask a friend, family member, or neighbor to stop by your home and run warm water occasionally.

What to Do If Your System Freezes

Heat tape and tank heaters are available on the market if you want to take care of freezing on your own. However, professionals have more and more advanced options for dealing with frozen systems. Steamers and high-pressure jetters are just some of the devices that the experts use. Cameras can be sent into the pipes to locate freezing and other techniques can thaw out large areas in your yard.

Call the Septic Professionals

Metro Septic Pumping has the equipment and manpower to take care of frozen septic systems and we are available to help at any and all hours of the day. If you suspect your pipes are frozen, then don’t wait another minute. Let’s get those pipes or tank defrosted and thawed as soon as possible so that you can comfortably continue using your septic system. The live representatives and qualified septic professionals at Metro Septic Pumping are available to take your call 24/7/365. Let’s get started. We are ready to take your call.
 

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