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Septic care in the winter.

With the long extreme cold spell some people are having issue with their

private septic systems.   They are freezing up.

Here are a few tips that can help now...


1.Don't cut back on your water use.   The heat from the water will help keep your system clear.

2. If you have a dripping facet, fix it now.  This is the biggest reasons for septic freeze ups.

3. Spread your clothes washing out, do a load a day instead of all of it one day.

Do NOT drive over any part of the system.  The snow is a great insulator and packing of the snow allows the cold to go deeper into the ground.


Things to think about while it is warm.


1. Mow the grass to normal lawn length until mid fall.  Then allow the grass to get 4-6 inches tall.  This is a great insulator as well.

2. Septic tanks need to be pumped every few years.  Pump your system in the spring.    This allows the tank a chance to build up the bacteria that works in your system and that bacteria creats heat also which will help the system not freeze up.


Keeping these few things in mind will help prevent any freeze ups.


Comment balloon 16 commentsWilliam Feela • January 27 2018 03:58PM


Good morning 

I enjoyed reading your blog and the great message it delivers to the public. 

Have a great day. 

Posted by Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker (Harry Norman, REALTORS® ) almost 3 years ago

Hello William Feela,  Good information for people that have septics in the cold area.  Make it a great day!


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) almost 3 years ago

This is good advice to share with septic system owners.

Have a lovely weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 3 years ago

In my region, almost all properties are on septic.   Am glad we mostly get rain and not snow/ice.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) almost 3 years ago

Somr of our market area has septic systems ...good advice!

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

We don't have many septic proeprties but i have lived in several homes that have them and can sharre with my buyers how to care for them.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) almost 3 years ago

You have never have lived until you  own and manage a mobile home park in the winter when the water table comes up and steals your septic tanks; making them pop out of the ground William Feela 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) almost 3 years ago

Morning William.

  In our last home we lived there 15 years, never having the system pumped. Of course it doesn't get as cold here as it does where you are 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 3 years ago

Great advice for those with septic systems, William.  Much of this is applicable down here in warm weather also.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 3 years ago

Wow, I wasn't even thinking about Septic system issues in this cold stretch !

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 3 years ago

Bill, you hit the nail on the head.  WE are  seeing some freeze ups now.  We need more snow.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 almost 3 years ago

Great advice, most of our properties are on sewer, with the rare exception of a few...not counting Malibu where almost every home is on Septic...the good news is we do not have extreme colds like you do, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 3 years ago

Great advice Bill, I would have never thought about letting the grass grow for more insulation.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 3 years ago

Keeping plenty of snow on these systems can make quite a difference, good advice Bill


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) almost 3 years ago

Good morning, William!

Some really great suggestions!  It never occurs to many home owners that a septic can freeze.


Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) almost 3 years ago

Good morning, William Feela ! We don't often have periods of such cold that I hear about septics freezing, but this is very good information for those years where we do!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) almost 3 years ago