Before winter arrives in all of its freezing glory, now is the perfect time to look into septic system repair options in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Septic systems need proper maintenance to provide years of problem-free use, and harsh weather can be a threat to keeping it running. It’s wise to be prepared for what can happen. Here are three things you need to know about frozen septic system prevention and repair:
Symptoms of a Frozen Septic System
You will know your septic system is frozen when the toilets do not flush, the sinks do not drain because they are blocked with ice, and the washing machine does not drain. These issues are more likely to occur in a home that does not have frequent occupants, such as a vacation home or an in-law home, but it can happen in any home. Dripping faucets, leaking toilets, and drainage from heating systems can cause water to freeze in the trough lines, and the frozen water prevents any passage of additional water and waste.
The 4 Parts of the System
Your septic system has four main parts that can freeze and become non-functional in winter weather.
The pipe leading from the house to the septic tank: This water in this pipe may freeze because of insufficient soil and no mulch, or ground cover, to protect the line. Additionally, if the grass cover, which is a natural insulator, is thin, the pipe is not protected from the cold temperature.
The septic tank: A problem can occur when the septic tank has too little insulation over the ground covering the tank, or, occasionally, the tank has a crack. A tank that was pumped incorrectly could also have a risk of freezing.
The pipe to the soil treatment area: Problems with the soil treatment area are similar to problems with the pipe that leads from the house. If the soil has become compacted, or is too thin, the pipe can freeze.
The drain field: A soggy drain field is a concerning issue but especially if it’s not addressed before the winter cold sets in. A wet, mushy drain field means that the water is not dispersing the way it should and a problem needs correcting. This water can freeze and prevent the free flow of more water from the septic system, thus causing a backup.
Some of these issues can be addressed ahead of time with thoughtful inspection into whether the parts of your septic system need better insulation.
Winters can be overly harsh and unpredictable. Before you get stuck with a septic system that is backed up and possibly frozen, know who you will want to call for help. A licensed treatment specialist can assess the problem and troubleshoot specific parts of the septic system to provide the appropriate fix.
Santucci Construction Corp. combines cutting-edge technology with time-tested experience and informed diagnostics for all septic, drainage, and excavation issues. Specializing in long-term solutions to septic problems, Santucci brings 40 years of experience in safely installing and maintaining septic systems.