Winter is upon us, and the snowstorms and freezing temperatures it brings are likely to hang around longer than anyone wishes. While it’s common practice to bundle up your children and winter-proof your car, few people consider the effects that winter can have on a septic system – that is, until it’s too late, and they’re stuck shelling out $10,000 because of a frozen septic tank.
Properly installed and well-maintained septic systems are less likely to face cold-induced problems. One surefire way to check if your septic system is prepared for sub-freezing temperatures is to get a septic inspection.
During a NJ septic inspection, professionals from Classic Septic Inspections will be able to advise you on actions to take to protect your system. New Jersey septic inspection company Classic Septic, offers some additional advice for homeowners wondering about the effects of Old Man Winter on their system.
NJ Septic Inspection Experts Offer Tips for Freezing Temperatures:
The number one winter enemy of septic systems is freezing temperatures. Though it seems counterintuitive, it’s actually preferable for there to be snow on the ground when it’s below 32 degrees, because the extra ground covering helps insulate the subterranean components of a septic system. If there is a long stretch of extreme cold without snow, it’s a good idea to cover the ground above your septic tank and drain field with leaves, hay, mulch, or even a concrete blanket.
Another area to pay attention to is the spot next to your house where the outpipe from your home leads to the tank. This area often doesn’t receive snow coverage, and is the most susceptible to water from small leaks pooling and freezing, causing cracks or blockages. Cover this area with a layer of one of the insulating materials mention above, or even with snow. Be sure to fix leaks in fixtures or faucets, because even a small trickle can freeze, block, or crack pipes.
Your routine water usage will help keep your system running smoothly, but if you’re in the middle of an extended deepfreeze, a good way to prevent problems is to send warm water through the pipes at least once daily.
Taking a warm bath or running a load of wash with hot water are both good ways to accomplish this. If you’re not going to be home for several days where freezing temps are forecasted, it’s important to have someone come through and run water for several minutes to keep things flowing.
Do not leave water running constantly – not only is this bad for the environment, but it can also oversaturate your septic system, leading to a host of unpleasant, expensive problems. As always, if there is any question about your septic system’s winter fortitude, a septic inspection will help address any concerns.
If you suspect problems with your septic system or would like to insure it is working properly, schedule a NJ septic inspection with Classic Septic Inspections. New Jersey’s own Classic Septic Inspections does not do septic system repairs. We are strictly an inspection company.
What that means for you is that you get an honest evaluation of your septic system. We have nothing to gain if your system needs repair or maintenance. We simply inspect your system to help keep your home environment healthy and free of septic hazards.
For more information on septic inspections in NJ, call our team at 973-900-1330.