Why do you have to keep your septic system flowing in the winter? You don’t want the cold temperatures causing a slowdown of sewage because it could lead to frustration with a toilet not flushing and refilling properly, sinks not draining and even backup occurring and causing awful odors in your home. There’s some ways you can prepare your septic system for the winter or clean it out, but you should always call a professional plumber if you are unsure how to perform these tasks.
Check The Septic Vents
Did you know your septic system uses ventilation pipes to help get rid of toxic gases that accumulate from sewage buildup. Some safety tips from North Dakota State University’s weather advisory department include making sure the vents in your home, especially up on the roof are clear of snow blockages. Snow blocking the septic ventilation can cause liquid problems from the gas being trapped in there, and this can cause the gas to recirculate back into your home, and you don’t want that because it could cause not only terrible smells, but even illnesses. It’s helpful not only to check your roof periodically for blocked vents, but also to possibly have your heating system run up to the attic to prevent the vent pipes running up there from freezing.
Have Your Drain Pipes And Septic Lines Insulated
Insulation is not only used to keep the cold temperatures out of your home when winter weather hits it with extreme force. It can also protect your pipes both in water supply and draining protected from freezing. Extra layers of insulation either in between your walls and the exterior, or specific pipe insulation wrapped around the pipes can help with this. One thing to note is that it’s good to have pipes installed that can expand as temperatures get colder to prevent any cracks or bursts in the lines.
Allow More Grass To Grow Out By Your Septic Tank
You may have heard about how snow can be your friend for outdoor insulation where your sewage flows from your home to the septic tank. But having tall grass grow or straw or mulch placed over where your septic tank’s pipe sticks out of the ground can also help keep frost from permeating down there according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Keeping the area where the septic lines go out to free of activities that might compact the snow during the winter can also help them stay unfrozen.
Have Your Sewer Pumps Hydrojetted With Hot Water
If worse comes to worse and you’re facing a sewer backup or defective septic draining, you may need to have your system cleared. There’s a variety of ways it can be done, but steam or hydrojetting may be the best way if sludge has built up and your septic system has frozen. This task should be limited to professional plumbers who have the tools and experience to do it.