It’s that time of year again. Holiday season is just around the corner and that means cold weather, snow, and long lines at the stores. The sooner you start to prepare for the winter, the better off you will be.

Your septic tank can be quite vulnerable during the winter months. Between heavy snowfall, freezing pipes, and frigid temperatures, unforeseeable problems are likely to occur. Preparing your septic tank for the winter will help you avoid any unforeseen problems and costly repairs. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your septic tank for winter:

  1. Avoid Use of Unnecessary Chemicals – Do not add unnecessary chemicals to your septic system. Unless your septic system is broken going into winter, it should be able to handle the winter months without the addition of any unnecessary chemicals like antifreeze. It’s likely to do more harm than good, especially if you already have a flawed system. Antifreeze and similar harsh chemicals will damage the good bacteria in the tank that is necessary for the breakdown of organic materials. Instead try Septic Maxx cleaning products.
  2. Consider Having Your Tank Pumped – When is the last time you had your tank pumped? If the answer is more than a year, you should consider having your tank pumped before heavy snowfall makes it near impossible to get to. If you go into the winter months with a full septic tank it could make for a messy winter. Being stuck in the house for several months with foul smells and sewage backing up into your toilets and sinks is the last thing anyone wants with the holidays just around the corner.   
  3. Keep Your Septic System Insulated – Keeping your septic system as warm as possible during the winter months is crucial. Consider having your septic system and drain pipes insulated to limit cold air getting into the pipes and freezing. Additionally, make sure you don’t cover your drainfield. As the snow falls and collects on the surface, it will start to naturally insulate the drainfield from the harsh cold air. Be careful not to drive over the field though, compacted snow doesn’t insulate as well.

If you follow these helpful tips you should make it through the winter just fine. If you’re looking to give your septic system a little boost and ensure it’s working perfectly throughout the winter, try using septic system additives like Septic Maxx. It will help replenish protease and bacteria levels in your tank. It’s easy to use and 100% environmentally friendly. Give us a call today at 800-397-2384 to speak with one of our experienced septic system professionals.

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