Septic line failure can be a hassle to deal with, especially in the winter when you may have guests over. Nothing is fun about the sounds and smells of a septic line failure, so how do we avoid this issue? Here are just a few ways you can keep your plumbing happy this winter and hopefully avoid having dinner ruined by your septic line.
Getting Ahead With Insulation
The most common reason septic lines can get jammed up in the winter is the drop in temperatures. When it gets cold outside, you can have issues with pipes, and your septic line is no different. Plan ahead of winter weather by placing a winter tarp or other material over your septic tank that will help provide some warmth.
The more protection your septic line has against the winter weather, the less likely your system will freeze. For the best insulation, make sure to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals to help install insulation for your pipes. A well-insulated pipe will help cut down o the risk of freezing.
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Don’t Forget To Flush
We notice that sometimes homeowners run into septic issues because they are not using their plumbing as often, especially their toilets. Not using your septic system as often will lead to a higher chance of frozen pipes, as the water that flows through your pipes when you flush or use your plumbing helps cut down on frost.
If you are away from your home for an extended time, take the chance to pump your septic system to avoid frozen pipes. However, do not overload your plumbing by just having the water running all day. Overloading your system will not help, so try using your plumbing a little more than you usually would during the winter. Remember that you want to avoid frozen pipes to reduce the risk of pipe bursts, which can get quite expensive to repair.
Manage Your Soil
We have seen septic systems freeze due to compacted soil. While soil and grass can provide an extra layer of insulation to help keep your septic tank warmer, compacted soil will not help. The issue with compacted soil is that the pressure from the ground will help trap frost in between the soil, which means above your septic system. Try to take the time to make sure your soil is appropriately aerated and avoid placing heavy objects above your septic tank to stop soil compaction.
At Red Lilly Plumbing we can help you with any of your septic line issues, so call us today at (323) 319-4102, and our pros will be happy to help!