Tips for Preparing Your Septic System for Winter

A harsh winter can be your septic system’s worst nightmare. Cold weather can cause the water in your septic system to freeze and create blockages/backups. Frozen water also expands and can wreak kinds of havoc on your plumbing. Your job is to keep your septic system running smoothly, even once the cold weather sets in. Thankfully, there are a few key simple tips that, when done correctly, will help to ensure you don’t run any problems.

Make Sure Your System Has an Insulating Cover

An insulating cover over your septic tank and drain field will help trap the heat below and prevent freezing. Your septic system should always be kept as warm as possible so that the bacteria inside metabolize and break down solids faster. If your system’s temperature dips too far south, the bacteria will slow down and solids will begin to accumulate. Eventually, without a good insulating cover, the frost will work its way down and end up freezing your entire system.

Make Sure You’ve Got Plenty of Plant Cover

Having plenty of plants around your drain field and septic sytem helps to insulate the system and helps to prevent snow from working its way deep into the ground. For more information on plants that you may want to consider having around your septic system, read our landscaping tips blog.

Make Sure Everything is Sealed

The fastest and easiest way to make your septic tank freeze is to leave the top open or postpone fixing any damage that allows cold air in. Cold air will rush in, spread all around the inside, and freeze everything in just a short amount of time. Make sure your system is properly sealed and in good repair before the cold weather arrives.

Before spending thousands on septic repairs, if you experience a problem, consider trying one of our Septic Maxx septic system treatment products. Contact us today for more information.

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