Preparing Your Septic Tank For Winter

man shoveling snow near septic tank

Winters in Ohio can be pretty intense. On top of shoveling driveways and scraping ice off the cars, septic owners also have to keep an eye on their septic tank. The colder months can bring new challenges. Make sure your septic system is ready for the snowy season with these tips.

Get an inspection

Have a professional inspect both the tank and lid so they can identify any issues that need to be addressed before the snow hits. A professional can examine the tank to ensure there are no leaks and that all components are working. They will also be able to tell you if it’s time to get it pumped. Have the lid looked at to make sure it does not have any holes or cracks. When your lid is tightly secure, the internal heat will stay trapped inside the tank, helping to maintain the breakdown process.

Pump before the snow hits

Consider getting your tank pumped before the snow begins to set in. Frozen grass, heavy snow, and slippery ice can make it difficult for technicians to properly dig up your septic tank. The extra time and tools needed to access the tank can also result in a more costly service.

Check the sump pump

The extra rain water from the snow often causes sump pumps to fail this time of year.  Continue to check the sump pump compartment throughout the winter to ensure it is working properly. Melted snow around the septic lid is normal, but if you see puddles of water in the grass and around your lids, it is often a sign of a failed sump pump. Using a high water alarm can also help to notify you if the sump pump is failing by tracking the water levels.

Stop the yard work early

The warmer the ground and your tank are, the more efficiently your septic system will function. Try to refrain from mowing your lawn near the end of fall to allow it to grow a thicker layer over your septic system. This will help to insulate the soil and retain the snow over your secondary treatment as long as possible.

Contact Supeck Septic Services

Is your septic system prepared for a winter in Ohio? As Northeast Ohio’s largest septic provider, we offer exceptional routine and emergency care. Make sure your system is well maintained throughout the season with help from Supeck Septic Services. Contact us at (888) 725-0209 to schedule an appointment.