3 Common Winter Septic Issues and How to Prevent Them

Wintertime, especially here in Minnesota can be tough on our properties, even our septics. There are issues that can arise that you might not be aware of that could come with a big price tag if you’re not taking preventative measures. Here are some common issues that arise in winter and how you can avoid them. 

Impacted Snow on your Mound or Drain Field

Impacted snow on your septic mound or drain field could mean there is nowhere for air and drainage to escape if the snow is packed down. Avoid plowing, sledding, playing, or parking over your septic area all year round, but especially in winter. This will prevent snow from packing down and hindering the natural processes of your septic system. 

Ice Clogs from Leaving Faucets Dripping

When it is extra cold, you might think it’s wise to “drip” your faucets, but if you have a septic, this could cause additional issues. Leaving your faucets dripping could cause ice clogs to form in your plumbing. Instead, use hot water as much as possible to help flush out potential ice building up in your pipes. 

Forgoing Pumping Because of the Cold Weather

You might think since it is winter that pumping needs to wait until spring or summer. While the ground is harder when it’s cold, and we normally recommend having your septic serviced in warmer weather, pumping is not impossible. If you suspect that your septic needs pumping during the colder season, don’t wait. Failing to pump could result in unpleasant smells, backup, and damage to your septic or home. Call Septic Check and we can help assess your property’s system and pump if necessary. 

If you’re not sure what the right way to take care of your septic in the winter is, be sure to get in touch with our friendly professionals that can help you determine what is best for your property and septic system.