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PROBLEM: DISTRIBUTION PIPES AND/OR SOIL TREATMENT AREA FREEZES IN WINTER

Risks:

The system may be inoperable

Potential Causes:

  • Cold temperature with lack of snow cover
  • Water standing in pipes, sags, lack of draining back, undersized pump
  • Foot or vehicle traffic over pipes, trenches, mound, or bed
  • Low flow rates or lack of use
  • Lack of vegetative cover
  • Leaking plumbing fixture(s)
  • Low flow from high efficiency furnace
  • Unsealed manhole cover
  • Saturated system
     

Potential Remedies:

  • Check piping and pumps
  • Consult a professional
  • Keep people and vehicles off area
  • Increase water use and temperature
  • Don’t use automotive antifreeze, salt, or other additives
  • Fix leaking fixtures
  • Add insulation over tanks, pipes, and soil treatment area
  • Don’t run water continuously
  • Operate septic tank as a holding tank
  • Have someone use water in house if you are away
  • Don’t build a fire over the system