With colder temperatures upon us and little
or no snow cover to insulate septic systems, your system may need some help to
keep from freezing. “Place a layer of mulch (8-12 inches) over the pipes, tank
and soil treatment system to provide extra insulation. This mulch could be
straw, leaves, hay or any other loose material that will not compact and will
stay in place.”
These tips on keeping your septic system from
freezing, are provided by the Crow Wing County Extension Service. This is the
first of three articles on the subject, so check back here over the next two
days for more valuable and timely information.
What Should You Do If Your Onsite System Freezes
- Do NOT add antifreeze, salt or a septic system additive into the system.
- Do NOT pump sewage onto the ground surface.
- Do NOT start a fire over the system to attempt to thaw it out.
- Do NOT run water continually to try to thaw system.