Winter Septic Tank Problems — and How to Avoid Them

Posted on: November 7th, 2016 by mike No Comments

Winter weather is just around the corner. If you don’t take the right precautionary measures, the cold and snow could wreak havoc on your septic tank. So, how can you avoid common winter septic tank problems and keep your system in tip-top shape? Be sure to check out the following list of potential problems.

Frost has gotten deep into your septic tank components. If snow or frost gets deep into the components of your septic tank, it will freeze the entire system and significantly slow down the metabolic rate of the anaerobic bacteria in your tank, essentially bringing things to a halt. Luckily, this problem is a fairly easy one to avoid. The key is to provide your septic system with an insulating cover or blanket during the winter to keep the warmth in and the cold and snow out to help keep things running smoothly. Vegetation around your septic tank can also be tremendously helpful in shielding it from the cold.

Snow and soil are compacted over your soil tank. As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid driving over your septic tank, but this is especially true in the winter months when there is snow on the ground. When you drive over your septic tank, it pushes all of the snow and cold soil closer to the septic system. This can cause the system to freeze more easily, potentially resulting in costly damage. To avoid snow and soil compaction, keep vehicles away from your septic tank.

Your pipes aren’t draining properly or are leaking. Any problems with pipes in the winter can spell disaster for your septic tank. When there are leaks in your pipes, any small amount of water that enters the system will freeze over, potentially causing damage. In addition, when pipes aren’t draining properly, whether a result of damage or deterioration, wastewater tends to accumulate on one side and then freeze over. To avoid these kinds of problems, your best bet is to have your pipes checked out before winter rolls around to avoid any issues.

In conclusion, taking the proper steps to prepare your septic tank for winter now can save you a headache and costly repairs down the line. Get started now before the first snowfall!