Frigid Massachusetts winter temperatures and frequent snowstorms can lead to a number of sewer line and septic system issues. Even during a normal winter, freezing always poses a threat. Identifying and correcting the following potential risks greatly minimizes the chances of frozen sewer lines and septic systems, which are much more dangerous.
Lack of snow cover
Snow keeps septic tanks and soil treatment areas insulated during the winter months, preventing frost from penetrating the deep soil layers. When you’re facing extreme cold with no snow, you may need to seek out other methods for keeping your septic tank and soil treatment areas insulated.
Compacted snow doesn’t insulate sewer lines and septic systems as effectively as uncompacted snow. It’s important for vehicles, people, and large animals (i.e. livestock) to stay off of sewer lines and septic systems, particularly in the winter. If you’re planning to install a septic tank, sewer pipe, or soil treatment space in a high traffic area, use insulated pipes.
Improper pipe drainage