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Septic System Repairs and Installs in the Winter: What You Need to Know

Winter is a good time to maximize the comfort of our homes so we can enjoy our interiors until spring. However, it is important not to neglect the external components of your home, particularly your septic system.

Wastewater treatment plants are not safe from the harsh winter temperatures. Here's what you need to know about winter septic system repairs and installation.

Septic System Issues in the Winter

During the winter, some unfortunate situations can arise regarding your septic system:

How Are Septic Systems Repaired in the Winter?

When septic systems need to be repaired in winter, the process is much more complicated than at any other time of the year.

Here is the procedure that plumbers must follow to repair or install a septic tank in winter:

Backhoes and Hot Water

In winter the frozen ground is only one to two feet deep. However, to dig down to the septic tank, hot water must be used to warm the soil so that it is soft enough for an excavator to pull out.

Although it is possible to access your septic tank in the winter, repairs must be made quickly to prevent the exposed ground from freezing. Without cover, the ground freezes and the process must be repeated if the work is to continue the next day.

plumbers need to intervene as soon as possible to repair your septic tank or install a new one.

The advantage is that work on your septic tank will likely be completed within a day.

Pump, Repair, Replace

Once the septic tank is exposed, the plumbers will pump out the pit before making any repairs or replacements.

Cover With Warm Soil

After the work is completed, the plumbers must reheat the ground to properly cover the septic tank. The hot earth is then pushed into the loading space with a front loader.

You can then replant grass over your septic tank in the spring.

How to Avoid Septic Issues in the Wintertime

While repairs and septic system installation are entirely possible in the winter, there are ways to avoid septic tank problems during these colder months.

1. Have an Inspection Done in the Fall

If you have an inspection done before the onset of winter, you can identify any damage or defects in your septic system. A licensed plumber in Jacksonville like Bannister can check for cracks, inspect the drain field, and ensure that the septic tank is not overfilled.

Solving these problems in the fall will save you a lot of hassle and headaches in the winter.

2. Schedule a Pump Before Winter

If your septic tank needs to be pumped, make sure it is done before winter. Otherwise, the task is more complicated and some companies charge more in the colder months.

Pumping out your septic tank before winter also helps prevent the pit from freezing, especially if you plan to be away over the winter.

3. Winterize Your Pipes

Preparing your pipes for extremely cold temperatures will prevent your pipes from bursting. This is also particularly important if your home is unoccupied in the winter.

If you're going to be away all winter, be sure to drain your water pipes completely. To do this, you will need to turn off your water and run all faucets until they are clean. Keeps taps and drains open while you're away.

You can also insulate your pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting. Simply wrap fiberglass around the pipes to keep them as close to normal temperature as possible. If all else fails, you can always have your pipes properly winterized by a professional to avoid winter septic problems.

4. Avoid Snow Compaction

Snow compaction occurs when heavy snow is forced onto the ground above the septic tank.

Although snow on top of your septic tank has a positive effect on insulation, the added external pressure of the compacted snow can prevent wastewater from filtering and draining properly, creating pressure that causes the system to freeze.

5. Add Insulation Over Your Tank

To properly insulate your tank and prevent frost problems, you can place a 12-inch layer of leaves or other mulching material over the tank and pipes. This is an important step, especially if you have no grass on your tank or very little snow to insulate it.

This must be done before temperatures drop. Insulating your septic tank after it freezes can interfere with the spring thawing process.

Septic System Repair and Installs

No one wants to deal with septic tank problems in the winter, but Bannister Plumbing is here for you when you need us!

If you are experiencing septic tank problems during the winter, contact our plumbers at Bannister Plumbing & Air for all your septic tank repair, replacement and maintenance needs.

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