The Bellingham area isn’t the coldest region in the state by a long shot. However, temperatures still dip low enough to cause water to freeze. This makes winter septic system maintenance all the more important. Be mindful of these care guidelines as we hit the peak of winter.
1. Stay Off the Drain Field
Keep heavy vehicles and equipment off the drain field. You should also keep foot traffic to a minimum. Too much weight causes the soil to condense. While you should follow this rule year-round, it’s even more important in the winter. Weight causes the frost to travel deeper into the soil.
2. Insulate the Drain Field
Prevent water in the septic pipes from freezing by insulating the ground. You can do this in one of two ways. You can let the grass grow an additional six inches. The more common option is applying mulch across the drain field.
3. Stop Faucet Leaks
If any of the faucet or shower heads leak, call a plumber to fix the problem. Under extreme cold, trickling water can freeze, often at the point where the septic pipe leaves the home. You could also regularly pour hot water down the drain.
4. Check the Grease Trap (for Commercial Establishments)
As you may or may not know, grease and oil congeal (solidify) under cool temperatures. Semi-liquid oil solidifies in the drain and obstructs the opening. This occurs even more frequently in the winter. This is why businesses need to be sure their grease traps are emptied regularly.
We Handle Winter Septic System Maintenance
Septic pumping is a good idea at the beginning of the New Year. This way, the system is off to a fresh start. Contact Lil John Sanitary Services for OSS inspections and more. Winter septic system maintenance ensures that frost does not negatively impact function.
Winter Septic System Checkup
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