Some people just love the cold temperatures and snow that come with winter. It's a good guess that those people that look forward to winter weather haven't had the joy of dealing with a frozen septic line. How do you know if your septic line is frozen, how do you thaw them and how do you keep it from happening again?
Identifying the Frozen Septic Lines
Before you do anything, you need to confirm that the issue is frozen septic lines. If the past few days have maintained freezing temperatures, the ground is frozen solid, and the drains have slowed, there is a very good chance that the septic lines are frozen.
Problems Caused by Frozen Lines
If you're lucky, you've never experienced a septic system backing up into your home. If you continue to use your water and flush your toilets when your septic lines are frozen, you will have the pleasure of cleaning up that awful mess. If the lines are frozen, the water and waste that you are sending down the line will not be able to make it to the tank which means it will back up in the lines and begin to back up in the drains.
Not only is the mess going to be a problem, but rupturing lines can also be in your future if you don't thaw the lines quickly. As the water inside the line freezes, it expands. Eventually, the ice can expand so much that it causes the lines to break which will cause a whole new level of headaches to deal with.
How to Thaw the Lines
The first thing to do is to shut off the power to the septic pumps and immediately stop putting water down the drains.
Now, contact your local septic repair technician. He or she has the equipment that is needed to get this problem resolved very quickly. First, a camera will be sent into the lines to confirm the freeze. Once the issue is found, the tech will send pressurized steam through the line. The steam will thaw the ice and open the lines without causing further damage. Then, the camera will be sent back into the lines to make sure that nothing fractured as a result of the ice.
Stop Future Freezes
If the lines froze once, they will freeze again unless you make some changes. The lines should to be buried deeper. You can do this quickly with a load of top-soil or mulch. It might not look very nice until spring, but it will create a blanket-like covering for the lines and keep them warm until spring rolls around and you can make more permanent repairs.
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