Winter can be an interesting time of year for septic systems—and too often, by “interesting,” we mean “bad”! Fortunately, there are ways to avoid septic repair in Prior Lake, MN and have an uneventful winter with your system. Here are six ways you can make winter easier on your plumbing:
- Pay attention: You will have to monitor your septic system from the time cold temperatures start to the next spring thaw. Until it is all over, your system is vulnerable and you need to pay attention so you can catch issues before they become serious. Also, make preventative steps a habit to ease the pressure on your system. This is not the time to take your septic system for granted. Note any sudden changes and address them immediately.
- Add insulation: Septic tanks and pipes can freeze. This is never fun, whether you are on a septic system or city water. You can make this scenario less likely by insulating any exposed pipes outside or by covering your tank or drain field with straw, hay, leaves or other compost foliage. Adding these extra layers will make a difference and improve your septic system’s functioning.
- Keep water running: You want to encourage frequent water use, since movement will also prevent freezing. Running warm or hot water is especially helpful, so consider running your laundry at a higher temperature setting. If you are on vacation, instruct your house sitter to keep water running. Flushing toilets and running warm water down your system while you are gone reduces the chances of a frozen tank or pipes.
- Be careful with vehicles: Snowmobiles and ATVs are fun, but also disasters in the making when it comes to septic systems. If there will be recreation of that sort, fence off your septic area to prevent people from driving over it. When the spring thaw hits, do not take that as a sign to remove these barriers. Since the ground will be soft, that actually makes your system more vulnerable to vehicle traffic that intrudes on it. Start a new habit of fencing off your septic system in the fall and not removing it until the thaw concludes.
- Arrange for a tank pumping: You should consider having your tank pumped on a regular schedule. However, if you will be gone for an extended period, arrange for that service before you leave. Having an empty tank before a long vacation reduces the possibility of catastrophic failure. Also, if a neighbor or house sitter keeps flushing toilets and using warm water, that will also help preserve your system for when you return home.
- Fix leaks: Pipes and plumbing fixtures that leak are a constant cold water source to your system. Repair these shortcomings so the chances of your tank freezing are reduced. While warm water draining into your system helps, cold water can prove to be a risk factor.
Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services is available for septic repair in Prior Lake, MN, as well as routine maintenance. Call us today to address any issues before the cold temperatures begin.