If you have a septic tank, proper maintenance is crucial to keep it running. Besides this maintenance, there are some things you should do before winter arrives to protect it from damage. Doing this will prevent you from having to pay high repair bills in the spring. Below are two tips to help you get started.
Have Your Septic Tank Cleaned and Pumped
Contact your septic tank company in the late fall to have your septic tank cleaned and pumped. Your septic tank separates sold waste and waste water. As the solid waste enters the septic tank, it flows to the bottom and becomes sludge. The water rises to the top and becomes scum.
Over time, the solid waste will thicken so much that it absorbs the scum. Once this happens, the sludge leaves the septic tank and rises to the drain field, leaving a nasty sludge on top of the soil. The water inside your home will also have a very pungent smell.
If the problem gets this bad, you will likely have to replace your septic tank.
Using mulch can help keep your septic tank protected in the winter. Lay approximately 10 to 12 inches of mulch over the soil above the tank. You could use any type of loose material, such as leaves, straw, or hay. Keep an eye on the mulch throughout the winter and replace it as it blows off.
Using warm water in your home can also help prevent this problem. Instead of doing all of your laundry in one day, spread it out and run a warm load once a day or every other day. Take hotter baths and use your dishwasher every day, if possible. If you have any type of leaks in your plumbing pipes, have the leaks repaired.
Do not let any type of vehicle or anything heavy drive over the septic system or this will compact the soil. If this happens, the soil can easily freeze. This is something that should be avoided all year, every year. Snow can provide the system with insulation, but if the soil is compacted, the snow will not be able to do this.
If you live in an area that gets extremely cold temperatures, consider placing foam panels over the septic tank or you could add more soil over this area.
When you have your septic tank pumped and cleaned, talk with the contractor and ask them for any other tips to keep your tank protected this winter.
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