How to protect your drainfield in the winter
When you have uncontrolled water runoff from rainfall or snow over your septic tank and septic system drainfield it’s a threat to your whole septic system. With water accumulating around your septic system it can over saturate the soil in your drainfield and infiltrate your tank, causing a host of problems including complete system failure.
While you may not be able to control the weather, you can prepare your system and avoid the most common winter septic system issue: drainfield failure.
Water Tightened Lid and Pipes
- Water tightening: With snow, ice, and rain, a bad lid or pipe can quickly flood your system with ground water. Too much of this ground water can flood your tank and cause excessive strain of your drainfield, leading to a costly failure and a back up in your home. Having your lids tightened and checked with our free septic stress test during your next tank pumping can stop this damage before it happens. We can also add a riser to your tank to stop ground water infiltration.
- Risers: Adding a riser, an extension from your buried tank to the top of the soil, can help keep ground water from infiltrating your tank while also making the tank easier to pump and clean.
- Caps: Capping the ends of drainfield pipes suspected of failure can help monitor the level of effluent coming into the drainfield.
Stay Away From Cleaners
- No Antifreeze: Your pipes will not freeze so there is no need to use antifreeze products. Not only can using these products ruin your septic system they can ruin your land when they enter the drainfield.
Schedule an Inspection
- Distribution Boxes: Though every septic system is designed based on varying factors including your home and property size and the soil on the property, most of the newer septic systems have distribution boxes. These distribution boxes help carry the effluent, or liquid from the tank, in an orderly manner into the drainfield to be cleaned by the soil. Distribution boxes can help keep your drainfield from becoming oversaturated. Sometimes distribution boxes can be added to a septic system drainfield.
- Inspections: The Distribution Box Inspection can help determine issues with your drainfield we cannot see such as crushed pipes, root infiltration, clogs, or even evidence of a failure from the presence of solids. This inspection allows you to stop a failure or back up before it happens. We off this 30-minute inspection in our septic stress test, which is free with every septic tank pumping.
Septic systems face many issues during the winter months the biggest and most costly being a drainfield failure. These tips can help save your system and your drainfield. If you have any questions about your septic system, the drainfield or any of these tips Westfall Septic are always a phone call away.