Identify, Fix And Prevent Septic Line Freezing

Posted on: 23 December 2015

Freezing temperatures can wreak a havoc on your home's water and septic systems. You likely know of the issues that can arise when your water lines freeze but did you know that your septic lines can freeze and cause you even more troubles? If your septic lines have frozen, you need to get them thawed and take precautions to prevent it from happening again. Here, you will learn how to do just that. 

Identify the Problem

Before you get to work thawing your septic lines, you must confirm that they are frozen. If you have experienced freezing temperatures for a few days and the drains have slowed, chances are, the septic lines are frozen. If left unrepaired, you could soon find septic water backing up into your drains and basement.

Problems Caused by Frozen Septic Lines

As mentioned above, septic water backing up into your home is a potential problem, but it isn't the only thing to be concerned with. Think about what happens when waterlines freeze – if they aren't thawed out quickly, the lines burst and you not only have a big mess to clean up, but you also have to replace those lines. The same thing can happen with your septic lines. If you don't thaw the ice inside the lines quickly, the ice will continue to expand and eventually cause the lines to burst.

Thaw the Septic Lines

Start by cutting the power to the septic pumps and don't run anymore water down the drains in your home. If need be, shut off the water supply to your home to ensure that nobody runs any more water into the septic system.

Your best option is to contact a professional septic repair person to thaw the lines quickly. The repair person will start the process by using a small camera that can be sent down your septic lines to pinpoint the exact location of the freeze up. After the ice is located, he or she will then send pressurized steam into the line to thaw the ice rapidly. After the ice is thawed, the camera is sent back into the lines to inspect them for any cracks or damage.

Prevent Future Freezes

Your septic lines froze because they aren't buried deep enough under the ground. Insulate the lines better by covering the area with mulch or top soil. Adding several inches of mulch or top soil should do the trick, but if you continue to have problems, the lines may need to be wrapped with heat tape to fix the problem for good.

Talk with a local septic professional (such as one from Burleson Septic Cleaning) to learn more about protecting your septic lines from the bitter cold temperatures of winter.