3 Ways To Treat Your Septic System Right This Winter

If you just moved into a home with a septic tank, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you treat your septic system right. You can keep your septic system insulated, keep the water running, and watch what you put down the drain.

Insulate Your Septic Tank

The first thing that you need to do, especially if you live in a particularly cold part of the country, is to insulate your septic tank. Your septic tank is underground, so you obviously can't insulate the same way you can do pipes or a water heater inside of your home. Instead, you want to insulate the ground above your septic tank.

One way to do this is by purchasing an insulated blanket to put on the ground above your septic tank. This will help hold in heat and keep the ground around your septic tank from freezing up. Another easy way to insulate your septic tank is by putting down a really thick layer of mulch on top of where your septic tank is located. A thick layer of mulch is another great way to keep the ground around your septic tank from freezing up this winter.

Keep Water Flowing Into Your Septic Tank

When it gets really cold outside, you don't want the lines that run into your septic tank to get frozen up. You can prevent this by keeping the water running from at least one faucet during the night, and during the day as well, when you experience temperatures that are below freezing. You don't need to run the faucet on full blast, however a few drops every second will not do the job either. You want to send a slow and steady stream of warm water through your pipes.

This will prevent the pipes that feed into your septic tank from become frozen when it is super cold outside. When you are dealing with really cold weather, the last thing you want to deal with as well is a frozen septic tank. 

Watch What You Put Down The Drain

Finally, be careful about what you put down the drain. In your kitchen, put food scraps and grease into the trash or compost before you put them down your sink. In the bathroom, only flush toilet paper and waste; put all other products, including paper products, in the waste basket. No matter what sink you are at, refrain from washing chemicals down your drains and use natural cleaning products instead.

If you insulate your septic tank, keep the warm water flowing when it is freezing outside, and are careful about what you put down your drains, you should be able to get through the winter without dealing with an adverse issues with your septic tank. For more information, contact companies like Mr Bob.