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Your Septic System and Winter Weather

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The winter weather hasn’t hit us too hard… yet.  But it’s coming. 

Luckily, Oklahoma septic tanks don’t have too much to worry about during the winter but we can have a few issues.

When Do I Need to Worry About My Septic in Winter?

When the freezing temperatures do come and stick around for a few days it will inevitably lead to our phone ringing.  It’s usually someone panicked and the first thing out of their mouth is “My toilets won’t flush” or “My red light is on”. 

They are probably wondering what to do for their septic system and winter weather.

Can Cold Weather Damage My Septic?

You have likely been running water for a few days to keep pipes from freezing and the system is buckling under the pressure. 

One faucet dripping at a rate of 1 drop/sec is using about 6 gal of water.  How many faucets do you have?  How fast are they dripping?  

I’m not saying you should turn them off!  Just keep in mind that your septic is working hard under some tough conditions.

What Can I Do to Protect My Septic in Winter?

  • Reduce water usage where you can. 
  • Skip the long baths in favor of a quick shower. 
  • Limit your laundry until the mercury starts to rise.
  • Provide supplemental power for aerobic systems if the electric is going to be out for a while
  • Protect above ground components like sprinkler heads
  • Check out our detailed info for aerobic systems on our severe weather page
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