When you think of winterizing your home, you might not think about your septic system. However, it's important to remember that your septic system needs to be winterized too. Rain, snow, and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your septic system. The last thing you want is a septic problem during the winter. Here are some tips that will help you avoid septic troubles this winter.
1. Have Your Septic Tank Inspected
When it comes to protecting your septic system during the winter, the first thing you should do is schedule an inspection—even if it's not time to have your tank emptied. You never know when your septic lids might have been damaged or if a septic line has been clogged by debris. Those types of problems can be quite serious during the winter. To avoid those issues, have your system inspected as soon as possible. If your service provider identifies issues such as broken lids or clogged filters, have the issues repaired by a septic tank repair specialist before winter arrives.
2. Make Sure Your Drains Are Cleaned
If it's been a few years since you had your drains cleaned, schedule a service call before the weather turns cold. Grease, food particles, and even human waste can freeze inside the drain pipes during the winter. When that happens, nothing is going to pass through the drains, which means you're going to be dealing with some messy clogs and backups this winter. Start the winter with clean drains and avoid that type of mess this year.
3. Cover Your Roof Vents and Drain Outlets
If you're expecting a lot of rain or snow this winter, make sure you cover your roof vents and drain outlets. If the vents and drain outlets aren't covered, you could end up with problems you weren't expecting this winter. First, uncovered roof vents allow rain and snow to get into your pipes. Second, uncovered drain outlets allow excess water to flow right through to your septic system, which could result in an overflow this winter. Avoid both those problems by covering your vents and drain outlets.
4. Ensure Proper Drainage Over Your Septic Field
Now that the rain and snow are about to start falling, it's time to make sure that your septic field has the right drainage. Cover your septic field with a material that will allow for the proper absorption of liquid. You don't want water to be absorbed too quickly, or your septic system may fail. Place a layer of small gravel or mulch over your septic field to ensure proper drainage and moisture absorption this winter.