Got A Septic Tank? What You Should Know About Septic Tanks And Winter

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Just because it is winter does not mean you should forget about your septic tank. This is because it could cause a lot of damage to your home. Below are some things you should do with your septic tank before winter, the type of damage it can cause, and what you should do about it.

Inspect Before Winter

The best thing you can do is to make sure the septic tank is working properly before winter arrives. Hire a septic tank company to come to your home and clean and pump your tank, if needed. This would be much less expensive to do it now before the snow arrives. The septic tank company can pump the tank during the winter months as long as snow and ice does not prevent them from doing so but they will likely charge you much more money.

Damage Winter Can Cause

If you do not get your septic tank pumped and it is full of sludge, the sludge could back up into your plumbing pipes and cause them to burst when the sludge freezes. If you go through the winter with a full septic tank be careful of how much water you flush into the tank during the days when the temperatures are below freezing.

If you get a lot of snow, however, you will not have to worry about this. This is because snow insulated the ground very well and there is less chance that the septic tank lines will freeze. Snow cannot insulate compacted soil, however, so make sure you do not drive your vehicle or any type of heavy equipment over the drain field, as this will compact it.

Cal Septic Tank Company If the Septic System Freezes

If you have no water coming out of your faucets, the septic system has likely frozen. The first thing you should do is to call a septic tank company to come to your home and take care of the problem. They can find where the leak is and repair it for you.

If you find where there is a frozen pipe, do not try to fix the problem on your own with things like an open flame or adding antifreeze or other type of additive into the tank. You would only cause more damage which would result in a higher repair bill.

Talk with the septic tank contractor, such as Mathena Septic Tank Service, about things you can do to prevent this from happening again next year.

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