A healthy septic tank is a part of any well-functioning home’s septic system, but what happens once winter rolls around? Certain maintenance needs must be addressed so that all the usual pitfalls can be avoided. Cooler temperatures do not mean that a septic tank can be ignored until winter is over. That’s why we are here to offer the following tips and pointers. Read on to learn more about how to have your septic system running properly throughout the fall and winter months.
Use the Septic System Regularly
While you should not be using the septic system too often, there is nothing wrong with running the water or flushing the toilet whenever you need to. If water remains on the move at all times, there is a far lesser chance of having said freeze inside of the pipes. This is especially crucial on nights when the temperatures are slated to dip below freezing.
The water does not need to be turned on full blast, it merely needs to run at a slow trickle. Those who reside in their home full time should not have an issue with using their septic system regularly. Meanwhile, vacation homeowners and those who do not live in their residences full-time will need to remain cognizant of this potential issue at all times.
Marking the Location
Knowing the septic tank’s exact location is crucial if a problem arises. Grab a small flag or some other landmark that can be used. In the event of heavy snowfall, this flag or landmark needs to be readily visible. This will also keep anyone from driving over the septic tank or parking on top of it. The weight of a car or truck could cause serious damage to the system and its components.
Look the System Over
It is best to look the system over before the winter weather even arrives. Does the lid have any cracks? Is there any leaking water under the lid or within any system components? These are questions that need to be answered before the snow falls, not after.
Remove Snow Carefully
Snow will act as an insulating agent for the septic tank so do not stress over rapid removal. You can wait for the snow to melt without issue. Once the snow has had a chance to melt, it is in your best interests to place a layer of vegetation over the top of the tank. Frost blankets are another great way to prevent a frozen septic tank. Snow removal could cause damage, especially if a snow plow or blower drives over the system.
Though the summer months provide more ideal pumping conditions, but that does not mean that it should be ignored come winter. Septic tank companies are more than happy to offer these services all year round. Schedule pumping on a regular basis, depending on the size of the home and your family’s habits. If the pumping is delayed during the winter, this could cause sewage waste to back up into the home.