Winter considerations for your Septic Tank

As the end of November approaches I am hearing more and more new reports that we are to expect a harsh winter here in the UK in the coming months.

As the colder weather approaches it puts an additional strain on most facilities with wind, ice, snow and rain having an effect on utilities such as gas, electric and even communications equipment as well as transportation systems and roads.

If your home utilises a septic tank then ensuring its upkeep is never more important than at this time of year, especially for those living in more rural areas who are most likely to be stranded during bad weather.

Septic tank sewerage systems can suffer from a multitude of issues if effected by winter weather, they include:

  1. Frozen pipes between the house and the tank
  2. Frozen pump tank
  3. Damaged soil treatment
  4. Damage to pipes in soil treatment area

And you don’t need to have several feet of snow for this to happen – in fact, snow on top of a system can help to protect it from the frost and ice, but lack of coverage can make it more vulnerable to damage.

However, there are things you can do in order to avoid a situation like this. MTM Environmental can provide a report on the current status of your system and recommendations in order to make it less likely to fail in these conditions. All septic tanks should be maintained and inspected on a regular basis if for no other reason than to provide peace of mind for those who rely on them.