If snow is on its way, it can cause damage to the exterior of your home if you do not take some precautions. Your sewer is one of the things outside that can be damaged due to ice and snow if you do not take the proper precautions. Below are some steps you can take to ensure your sewer is in good working order come spring.
One easy thing you can use to keep your sewer from freezing is using mulch that you would normally use on your flowerbeds. This works by providing the sewer area with extra insulation. Use much that is made from hay, leaves, straw, etc. Whatever you use should not blow away easily. These items will be compacted once they become wet and will stay in place. Even if you have grass already grown over the area, this extra step can be beneficial.
Another way you can protect the sewer is stop mowing over that area in the fall to let the grass grow thicker and longer. This can also provide the area with some insulation, and even keep some of the snow away from the sewer area if the grass is very long.
Keep things like vehicles, snow mobiles, tractors, and even people from driving or walking over the septic tank area. If they do, the ground will become compacted, which will allow frost to go down into the soil, which can then cause freezing problems. If you have to, put some type of gate around the area so people will know to stay away from it.
Insulate the Piping
If you have an older septic system, you should consider insulating the piping. The company can do this by wrapping the pipes with an insulating material. This is costly, but it costs less than having to repair a sewer system that has been damaged due to snow and ice.
Call a Contractor
The best thing you can do is to call a sewer company like Total Enviro Services Inc to come to your home and inspect your sewer. If you have any leaks, for example, the pipes will freeze and cause considerable damage. If you are going to be away from your home for long periods, the sewer contractor may empty the sewer so the liquid does not freeze. You could also have someone come to your home and run the water periodically, such as once per week.
Take the steps above to protect your home from this damage. You can then enjoy spending time in the snow building snowmen, building forts, sledding, and more.