Freezing Septic Tanks and Pipes

- Friday, January 14, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction - Freezing Pipes

During the winter season, frozen tanks and pipes are the most common problem for septic systems. Once snow or frost falls around the septic tanks and surrounding areas, problems may arise. As a matter of fact, when the components of a septic system freeze, it slows down or stops natural bacteria from breaking down waste in the tank. If the wastewater is not sufficiently broken down, the system can be overloaded and may cause clogging. In addition to that, if the wastewater accumulates in a frozen line and ruptures, this poses a significant health hazard.

How to deal with it?

  • Setting up a cover on a septic tank or simply covering it with a blanket during the wintertime to insulate, particularly at night.
  • Running the water and using your septic tank every day will also reduce the possibility of freezing.
  • It is also recommended to put mulch, leaves, or plant cover on your pipes.
  • Avoid cutting grass in the soil treatment area by mid-September or so. The extra grass length would help trap the snow, providing insulation over the field.

For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information.