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Winter can be the source of a number of problems for your plumbing. From frozen or burst pipes to clogged drains from hearty holiday meals, your plumbing takes a beating. One thing that you might not consider is how the frozen ground could affect your septic tank. Avoid costly repairs by having your plumbing inspected and maintained regularly by a professional.

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Frozen Ground = Frozen Septic Lines

Many homes in southern and central Delaware rely on Septic Tanks for disposing of their waste. Generally, the septic system is safe from winter weather, but prolonged periods below freezing temperatures without snow cover will cause the ground to freeze. The recent polar vortex with below-freezing temperatures without snowfall is the perfect conditions for damage to your underground plumbing.

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Frozen Septic Tanks Mean Expensive Repairs

If your septic lines or tank freeze, it can cause expensive damage to your entire system. This is unlikely for most households though. Regular household activity such as warm showers, running the sink, or even washing clothes or dishes is enough to prevent the lines from freezing.

However, if your home is unoccupied for long periods of time while you and your family are away for a long weekend of vacation, your septic line may be at risk.

Prevent Freezing with Insulation

To prevent the frost from freezing your septic lines this winter, you will need to insulate the line where it leaves the house. Locate the line and cover it with a layer of insulation such as:

  • Hay
  • Leaves
  • Mulch
  • Home insulation

Ask a contractor at your local home improvement store about other methods for insulating your plumbing in the winter. Or call Charles Moon Plumbing for more assistance. One of our expert plumbers can help you locate your line, determine the right insulation, and even install the insulation for you.

Call a Plumber for More Help

o learn more about your septic tank or how to prevent a frozen line, call a plumber and ask! Our expert plumbers at Charles Moon know just the answer. Learn to prevent a plumbing emergency in other areas of your home too.

If it’s too late and your home is experiencing a frozen septic line, don’t hesitate to call. Charles Moon Plumbing is available 24/7 for emergency plumbing services day or night.

Get expert help when you need it. Call 302-732-3555 to speak with an experienced plumber in Southern Delaware today.