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When temperatures fall below freezing, the bacteria in your system will become dormant and cease to operate properly. This means your system will not be able to breakdown organic matter and waste efficiently.  As a result, your system may over fill or even freeze up completely.  Fortunately, there are steps you can take to insure your system is prepared for colder weather.

  • Place a layer of mulch, 8 to 12 inches thick over any exposed pipes and tanks to provide extra insulation. This can be straw, leaves, hay or other loose material that will stay in place and not become compacted. This is particularly important for newer systems that were installed late in the year. as the vegetative cover may not have had time to establish. However, if the system is currently frozen, don’t add mulch now; as it will delay thawing .

  • Use water—the warmer the better—if you’re worried your spray heads are beginning to freeze.  Simply poor the water around your heads. Spread out your laundry schedule so you run one warm/hot load a day. 

  • Going away for an extended period? Have someone use warm water in the home regularly.

  • Fix any leaky plumbing fixtures and appliances in your home. This will help prevent freezing.

  • Keep an eye on your system. If any seeping or ponding occurs, contact your Provider to help determine the cause and remedy.

  • Use caution when dripping your faucets, as this may lead to a flooded system.  

  • Do not add antifreeze to your system, as it can harm the bacteria.  

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