Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Septics Risk Freezing

The lack of snow cover is putting rural septic systems at risk this winter.

Dan Olson of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in Detroit Lakes says it could be trouble if we don’t get snow cover before temperatures really start to drop. Snow cover helps insulate septic systems and keep them from freezing.

Olson says steps can still be taken.  Place eight to twelve inches of straw, leaves, hay or other loose material over the pipes, septic tank and drain field.

Use water (the warmer the better) if you’re worried your septic system is starting to freeze. Spread out your laundry so you run one warm/hot load a day. Use the dishwasher and take hot baths. However, DO NOT leave water running all the time, as this will overload the system.

Repair any leaky plumbing fixtures or appliances.

If your septic system freezes, call a septic system professional. The M-P-C-A website includes a search tool for finding certified professionals in your area.

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