The snow has started to fall and, with it, the temperatures are about to plunge: Old Man Winter seems to have arrived! With the changing season, the ground will freeze up and homeowners may be wondering what they need to do to prepare their septic system for winter. In the past, people have dumped anti-freeze into their tanks. However, this is not only unnecessary, it also disrupts the delicate balance of bacteria and unpleasant issues may result. The tanks are designed to be buried to a depth that will prevent them from freezing in the winter. Nonetheless, a thorough evaluation of the cover should be undertaken. If it is above ground, quickly examine it for cracks or if it is loose in any place. If it is below ground, it can be appraised when the system needs to be pumped out. Again, take care to avoid driving over your septic field (especially when plowing snow). A compacted field will not drain properly and will not be as effective. The cold months are a great time to hibernate, but don’t forget to quickly inspect your system first. An ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure!
As always, call Alberta Septic & Plumbing if you have any questions or would like your system inspected!