There’s a saying, “Prevention is better than cure.” Preparing your septic or sewer system for good performance even in the biting cold days is both a time and money-saving step. The time you need to prepare your sewer system for winter challenges depends greatly on its size and complexity of the design. To help you in keeping the sewer system in good condition, some tips are shared below.
- Thoroughly Inspect the Drain System: While inspecting, you should try to find any problems that require immediate attention. During the off season, check whether the valves are working fine. Well cap inspection is also crucial as any openings can let the contaminated particles, insects and rodents get inside it.
- Drain Water from Storage Tank: Turn off the water pump. If your storage tank has the capacity to freeze the water present inside it, then drain it completely before the arrival of winter.
- Remove Water from Internal Plumbing: Some plumbing is designed in such a way that it drains out water both at the highest and the lowest point of the tank. However, if that is not possible with your system, then you might have to use a compressed air source for the drainage. By doing so, the water at the lowest point will come out via gravity and air press. After the water is drained out completely, don’t forget to turn off the valves.
- Drain other Essential Items: Hot water heaters, dishwashers, chemical feed pumps, jet pump, water meters, devices of back flow prevention, and many more are some of the essential equipments that you need to prevent from freezing by draining out the water completely. Also, add eco-friendly anti-freeze chemicals to your shower traps and toilet sinks and bowls. When you use these chemicals, you are actually preventing the entry of toxic sewer gases in the buildings. Moreover, due to these chemicals, your toilet bowls won’t develop crack.
- Turn off Taps after Use: To protect your water distribution system from all kinds of unwelcoming issues, you should not keep the tap open for hours in the off season. Avoid using automotive anti-freeze in your drain system as it can lead to serious hazards.
- Remove Unused Chlorine: After turning off all the water related systems, wash away the unused chlorine solutions. See the manufacturer’s instructions. Where you will get all of the details on how to remove the left over chlorine from those devices.
Often people fail to identify the drain related issues initially because most of them happen ‘behind the scenes’. So, it will be better if the house owner maintains the sewer system on a regular basis. He should be aware of the fact that any small leak that happens during winter has the potential to cause more havoc as compared to other seasons of the year. If the owner is a novice, instead of taking any risk, he should contact the plumbing experts.