3 Ways To Keep Septic Lines From Freezing

If you have a septic system on your property, one of the worries you may face during the colder months of the year is the possibility of your septic lines freezing. This is actually quite common, especially in older systems where pipe insulation is generally not provided. Fortunately, if you're worried about the aftermath and cost of frozen septic lines on your property, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the chances of this occurring. 

Run Warm Water

When you have septic lines that are at risk of freezing, it's in your best interest to run warm water through the pipes on a regular basis. The frequency with which you should do this will vary based on your septic system and the outdoor temperatures, but generally, running warm water through the system at least a few times a day can make a big difference in reducing the chance of the lines freezing. And even though you'll be using more water in the short-term, you may be conserving water in the long term by avoiding frozen septic lines, which ultimately tend to burst and cause a back flow of water into the home or yard.

Insulate the Lines

Providing additional insulation to your septic lines can also help reduce the chances of them freezing. For starters, it's recommended that you place some bags of leaves or mulch on the ground above where your septic lines are located. This will help to keep the ground around your lines from becoming frigid and is a very inexpensive option. On the other hand, if this doesn't work, you may need to pay to have your septic lines dug up and professionally insulated. If you can, try to have this done during the summer, when the ground is softer and thus the job is less time-intensive and expensive.

Keep Traffic Away

Finally, do your best to keep heavy foot and vehicle traffic off of the ground immediately above the septic lines. Compacted ground and snow cause cold temperatures and frost to emanate further into the ground, thus increasing the chances that your septic lines will freeze. Let family members and house guests know where the septic lines on your property run and ask them to make an effort to refrain from walking or parking in the area.

Dealing with frozen septic lines is no joke. By following through with these septic system maintenance tasks and working with a professional like Linn Septic Service, you can keep yours from freezing, even during the coldest days of the year.