ALERT: FREEZING TEMPERATURES

What you need to know:

**IF YOUR TANK IS FULL IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU RUN NO MORE WATER THAN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. SEPTIC EFFLUENT CAN BACKUP INTO YOUR HOME IF TOO MUCH WATER IS RAN INTO TANK. LIMIT YOUR USAGE TO FLUSHING ONLY SOLID WASTE.**

**During extreme weather conditions, we consider emergencies to be homes that are experiencing backups. We will respond as long as road conditions will allow us to get to your home safely. 


Spray Head Distribution Systems
Septic Sprinkler heads will often freeze at below-freezing temperatures. If heads freeze, they will not function, and aerobic tanks can easily overfill. Please see the following recommendations:


 If you have no alarm on:

  • Limit your water usage as much as possible.

  • Flush toilets, take quick showers, and do not run washing machines or dishwashers until temperatures rise above freezing.

  • If you MUST run water to avoid freezing of water lines in the home, catch as much water as you can in containers to avoid over loading your system.

  • If system is on a timer, change to "On Demand" and monitor heads for freezing. 

 

If you have a high-water alarm sounding off:
•    Go out to your aerobic control panel and shut off the alarm and water pump breakers. You can leave the Aerator running. If heads are frozen your water pump can burn up due to back pressure from the frozen sprinklers.
•    It may be possible to thaw out heads by pouring hot water on them; if you try doing this shut-off breaker first. Pour water over heads then turn breakers back on;  if heads still do not spray turn breaker back off.
•    Limit your water usage to flushing toilets until temperatures rise above freezing and the heads thaw out.
•    Once temperatures are above freezing for six to eight hours, turn your breakers back on and the heads should start working. Once heads are spraying mute your alarm and the system should pump down to normal levels and the system will correct itself.
•    If the system does not come back on, after temperatures have risen, please give us a call and we can send a technician out to see if any repairs are needed.

 

Drip Emitter and Low Pressure Pipe Distribution Systems

  •  Systems that use Drip Emitters have a low risk of lines freezing as they are well insulated under ground. 

  • These systems are much more likely  to get overloaded and go into High Water Alarm when water is being constantly dripped to prevent water pipes from Freezing.

  • Minimize water usage as much as possible.

  • If you MUST run water to avoid freezing water pipes, catch the water in containers to avoid over loading the system.

 

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