With colder and more dreary weather on its way now we’re well into September, it’s time to start thinking about how your septic tank or sewage treatment plant is going to fare in the chillier months. Often, people forget about how septic systems may run into problems if not properly taken care of once the colder weather is here. Out of sight should not mean out of mind!
We’ve put together some helpful tips to help you ensure that your septic system is prepared for the coming months. Read on to see what they are.
Ensure your septic system is insulated
Though not many of us would like to see the inside of a septic system for obvious reasons, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be thinking about what goes on inside. When colder weather hits, there’s a chance that the natural bacterial activity within the system has been interrupted due to the change in temperature.
In some cases, if the septic system reaches temperatures of 4°C or below it is believed that this creates an inhospitable environment for the bacteria and therefore becomes dormant. In a bid to tackle this issue before it arises, there are various ways you can insulate your septic system.
This can include techniques such as adding an insulation board, extra gravel, grass or mulch on top of your septic system in order to strengthen the layer between the elements and the vulnerable parts of the septic system, like the riser. In doing so, you’re keeping the bacteria warm which enables it to perform to its optimal potential.
Regular septic tank servicing
While we recommend septic tank servicing all year round, there’s a unique set of challenges when the ground becomes hard and frozen in the autumn/winter period. Having your septic system serviced before the weather takes a turn ensures you can get your septic system in good working order before the cold takes its toll.
Our maintenance services could include high-pressure water jetting of your septic system or simply just regular inspections of your sewage treatment system to check everything is running smoothly. No matter what the issue is (or could be in the future), we can help you solve it before it worsens.
Check on the drain pipes
A common problem when we venture into the colder months is the possibility of cracked or blocked pipes – some of which can be the result of them being naturally frozen. There are numerous reasons why pipes could be blocked or broken, including factors such as tree roots, improper disposal of various household items and more.
Finding the issue in advance is key when it comes to preparing your septic system for the autumn and winter period, as otherwise you could have a very messy and expensive repair job on your hands.
At Proseptic, our drainage professionals use high-quality CCTV cameras which are fed through your pipes to visually survey the condition of your drains, and diagnose any problems your septic tank or sewage treatment plant may be experiencing. Once you know what your system’s overall condition is, then we can advise you on how to best rectify the issues before it deteriorates further.
Need a hand with your septic system before it’s too late?
Make sure you’re ahead of the curve this year and think about your septic systems health ahead of autumn and winter.
Our professionals are available to offer you the best advice bespoke to your septic system, and can offer you free quotes on any services you may undertake with us. Get in touch with us today to find out more!