Some business halts when a heavy snowstorm rolls in, making it difficult to get around safely. While it is possible for some to rest, the same can’t be said for septic companies. Wastewater is made 365 days a year–no matter how hot or cold it is outside. Because of this, septic tanks must be pumped and serviced in all types of weather, and most septic companies are equipped to help their customers out, even in the coldest times of the year.
How Can You Help?
In order for your system to be serviced in the winter, there are a few things you should be aware of that will make the job a bit easier. There may be times when it is simply impossible for someone to get out to you, but this should not be the case the majority of the time.
If you need to have someone come out to service your system, it is helpful if you shovel the driveway and path to the tank so that these areas are more easily accessible. You may also want to consider installing a riser for your tank cover so that it can be visible above the ground. This is especially helpful if there is snow piled up on top of where your tank is buried. If you do not have a riser installed, the technician may have to dig into the ground in order to get to the tank, which can take more time and add to labor costs.
What If Your System Freezes?
If your tank is filled to capacity, the pipes could back up and burst if the contents freeze. While it is not the end of the world, it is definitely something you will want to avoid. The key is to check your tank before winter hits to make sure that it will not reach this point during the months when frozen pipes are a variable. You can also try to reduce the amount of liquid being flushed through the system during these months to slow down the fill rate.
If your septic system does freeze, the first thing you should do is call in a professional. If you do not correct the problem, you could experience freezing issues in years to come as well. A professional will be able to assess where the leak is coming from and take care of it right away. If you find yourself needing to wait a short time before help arrives, it is important that you do not try to warm the pipes back up with fire or by continually running water. This could cause more problems that could end up costing more in the long run.
While you may want to stay inside as much as possible this winter, our technicians are trained to take care of anything you need in any temperature. When it comes to your septic system in Flowery Branch, we will take care of you all year round.