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Tips to prevent your septic system from freezing

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The cold weather has been taking it's toll. For weeks we've been telling you of communities asking home owners to run their water at a constant trickle to prevent their pipes from freezing. But, what if you have a septic system: do these instructions apply to you? We spoke with a septic company today and they gave us some tips to pass along.

First, do not keep your water running at a trickle. Experts say that's more likely to cause problems to your sewer than it is to help thaw your pipes. Instead, try pouring some salt down your drain. Another tip: don't pump your tank unless you need to, the bacteria creates heat. But, the easiest way to prevent a frozen septic is to not disturb the snow over your system.

"It's what I call self-inflicted freeze-ups in the country. Where maybe you blew the snow off so you could walk over the sewer system or the kids are sliding on a mound system or perhaps even a deer trail over your sewer system, will drive the frost down deep enough to freeze the sewer system," Rocky Becker of Becker Septic Services, LLC says.

You can tell if your septic is freezing by finding the lowest drain in your house, like the one in your basement, and if you can see water or hear it gurgling, it's likely you have a problem.

Even though there's warmer temps in our future, septic owners are not out of the woods just yet. Becker says the ground won't thaw until well into spring.

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