Cold Weather Septic System Preparation Tips
The holiday season is in full swing. Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing, pies and football are just a recent memory. If you haven’t already Prepared Your Septic System For Winter then its now time to get going. The winter months in Dayton MN can be very cold and unpredictable. While Frozen Septic Tanks are not common, it is not unheard of either when the temps dip down below zero. To Avoid Sewer Pipe Freeze Ups, it is best to follow some Cold Weather Preparedness Tips For MN Septic Tanks from your friends at CSI Custom Septic, Inc.
Prevent Freezing Pipes With Good Insulation
Insulating a Septic System is different than insulation your home, but can be just as important. The Septic Tank, Drainfield and Sewer Main Line should have a layer of insulation to Prevent Damage From Freezing.
- Allow Native MN Grass To Grow up to 6” over septic components
- Pile up Hay, Straw, Dry Leaves or Mulch 8” to 12” deep
- Snow can be a great insulator if left non-compacted on top of Septic Tank, Sewer Pipes and Drain Field
Avoid Compacting Snow Above Septic
Its never a good idea to drive or park a vehicle over a septic system. Because snow can be an excellent insulator, its wise to Avoid Compacting Snow Above Septic System during winter months. Have the children and pets stay off of a snow covered Septic Mound, Septic Tank and Soil Absorption Field.
Repair Leaky Fixtures
A slow drip can cause water to accumulate inside of the plumbing pipes. The water can Freeze Up Inside of the Sewage Pipe. Repairing Leaky Faucets and Plumbing Fixtures is especially important during very cold temperatures that stick around for several days. Running warm or hot water through the pipes can reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
Septic Tank Inspection
A Professional Septic Tank & System Inspection is great way to spot any potential problems before the dead of winter. Your Licensed Septic Inspector from CSI Custom Septic, Inc. will know what look for and can advise if it is time to schedule a Septic Tank Cleaning. You can expect to have the septic tank pumped about once every three years depending on the type of system and amount of wastewater used.
What Not To Do With Frozen Septic Tank
Finding out that you have a Frozen Septic Tank or Sewer Main Line is always unwelcome news. Call a MN Licensed Septic Expert for help. Do Not Make The Situation Worse!
- DO NOT pour antifreeze, salt or septic tank additives into the tank
- DO NOT run water excessive water in hopes of thawing out pipes
- DO NOT attempt to unfreeze the tank by lighting a fire above or near the septic system
- DO NOT pump out sewage onto the ground
MN Licensed Septic Experts
One call to CSI Custom Septic, Inc. can save you time, money and hassle. We are MN Licensed Septic System Experts with more than 20 years in the sewer business. Call to schedule an appointment for Septic Inspections or Repairs. Our team is dedicated to helping you to Prevent Frozen Septic Tanks or Septic Failure.
Custom Septic Inc. (CSI) is Licensed, Bonded and Insured. Serving the Twin Cities Metro area and Northern Minnesota.
In Dayton MN, contact CSI Custom Septic, Inc. for Septic System Inspections and Repairs at: 763-218-4769