A frozen septic system can be a nightmare for homeowners during the winter. As the temperatures begin to drop, your septic lines and tank are more susceptible to freezing, resulting in many in-home issues.

If your septic system freezes, it can cause a backup in your house because your toilets won’t flush and your drains won’t drain. It could also result in costly maintenance fees to dethaw the system and ensure everything is still fully functional.

That’s why it’s so important to prepare for the colder season and avoid a frozen septic system this winter. In this blog, we will discuss the top seven tips to help you prevent a frozen system.

Tips to Avoid a Frozen Septic System this Winter

In order to avoid a frozen septic system, it’s important to know how to prevent the lines and tank from freezing, especially when temperatures begin to drop. The following tips will help you ensure your system survives the winter without any issues.

Tip #1 Pump Tank

One of the most important things you can do is take care of your septic tank’s ecosystem. Regular septic tank pumping will remove accumulated solids – sludge from the system, which will allow more cleaning capacity for bacteria in the tank to work properly.

Tip #2 Use Warm Water

If the system is starting to freeze, use plenty of hot or warm water throughout the day. This means take a hot bath, use the dishwasher, or run at least one load of laundry a day that isn’t set on cold. It’s important to note that you don’t want to constantly run hot water in the sink or shower though because this could overload your septic system.

Tip #3 Take Precautionary Measures

If you’re planning a trip where you will be away for an extended period of time, you should have someone stop by to use warm water on a regular basis. Another option is to have your system pumped out before you leave so it’s empty.

Tip #4 Mend Any Leaks

It’s important to make sure you don’t have any leaks in your plumbing or other appliances. A leaky appliance could lead to freezing so if you do notice a leak, it’s vital to mend the leak immediately. This will also benefit your system all year round, not just in the winter.

Tip #5 Monitor the System

Make sure you monitor your system and keep an eye out for any unusual activity. If you notice the system is leaking or seeping then it’s essential to call in a professional to take a look at the system and determine the next steps.

Tip #6 Soil Compaction

Avoid driving over your septic system (leach field, exterior plumbing lines to the septic system, etc). Do not park vehicles or place heavy structures over the system. When these things happen, the septic underneath freezes more easily resulting in damaged septic parts and potentially a failed system.

Tip #7 Septic Lids

Keep the septic lids closed and securely fitted to the tank. Cold air will enter the septic tank if the lids are not properly secured or fitted to the tank. Cold air entering the tank can cause it to freeze.

If Your System Freezes

If you note signs that you may have a frozen septic system, then you should call in a professional immediately. It’s important to thaw the system so it can continue to work and not leave you with clogged toilets and drains.

Front Range Septic offers 24/7 emergency service in case of an urgent situation. Give us a call if you’re experiencing any issues with your septic system or just need to schedule a maintenance service. We’ve been serving Northern Colorado for 10+ years and we would be happy to help you and your septic system out.