Preparing Your Septic Tank for Winter

November 17, 2016

We can be thankful that it’s not too cold here in Georgia yet. But as the winter months are approaching, it’s time to learn how the dropping temperatures can affect your septic tank.

While you’re bundling up to stay warm, your septic tank may be working overtime to accommodate the changes in both the weather and your home. Here’s how you can reduce its workload so that you don’t end up with some costly repairs down the road!

Make Sure You Have an Insulated Cover For your Tank

Your tank will need a warm cover to help trap inside. All that heat is essential because it will help the good bacteria in your septic system break down the solid waste materials in your wastewater. Plus, without a solid, insulated cover, your entire system could even freeze over. So, as you take measures to stay warm in your house, make sure your tank stays warm as well!

Watch Out for Soil Compaction

Soil compaction can happen if a heavy structure or vehicle is right over your tank. Of course, you should you should always avoid this. But especially in the winter, this can lead to your septic tank freezing over. Meaning, your septic components may become damaged. Or worse, you could have a failing septic system on your hands.

Prepare Ahead of Time for Winter Vacations Away from Home

If you have your plane tickets booked to visit far away family this year, then make sure you have a house sitter booked as well. At the very least, ask a neighbor to stop by to run your faucets every once in a while. Otherwise, if wastewater doesn’t enter your septic system regularly, your system could freeze over.

Now that you know these three tips, you can feel good about the winter ahead of you! As always, you can plan on regular septic tank pumping to prevent any costly repairs in the future. Plus, you can keep your tank clear of trees, plants, and heavy structures and be sure to lay mulch over your tank – especially if it’s susceptible to freezing. All these combined will ensure that you won’t have to worry over the next three months.

Thanks for reading guys! If you have any septic tank questions, make sure to check out our other blog articles for more septic advice and tips.

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