Commonwealth Waste Solutions Is Recommending Tips For Septic System Maintenance In Winter

Commonwealth Waste Solutions LLC., a company that provides sewer system services in Chesterfield County, Virginia, and surrounding counties, is appealing to homeowners to follow its recommendations to keep their sewer system healthy during the harsh winter months. Homeowners who live in the Company’s service area can learn more about the Company by visiting its Yelp page at

The company says winter can be a challenging time of year for wastewater treatment plants due to the nature of the sewage waste and the construction of the pipelines that keep it running smoothly throughout the rest of the year. It is crucial to do everything possible to avoid the possible problems that could arise during the winter, because a malfunctioning septic tank is much more than just a minor inconvenience. Any blockages can make the system a hazard that can affect the health of those living on the property.

The primary and most common problem in winter is the low temperatures, which can cause septic tanks to freeze. The cold ambient temperature can result in the waste not being able to dissipate, causing the piping to become blocked, resulting in the system clogging and preventing further waste from being processed. Most likely, this problem affects the pipes going from the house to the septic tank. The problem of clogged pipes is exacerbated when they have leaks, as the escaping water can seep down the pipes and freeze them, further blocking water flow.

There is also the possibility of a lack of insulation of the septic tank if there is not enough snow cover on the tank itself. Although snow itself is a low temperature, it is an excellent thermal insulator and once deposited in a thick enough layer on the septic tank can form a solid protective barrier that keeps wind chill from affecting the tank. If there are not enough layers of snow to prevent the air temperature from affecting the walls of the septic tank, it will affect the tank’s ability to break down organic matter and can also lead to overflowing.

Commonwealth Waste Solutions has years of experience dealing with septic tank problems in Virginia and has created a list of recommendations homeowners should perform as part of winter maintenance of their septic tank. Firstly, it is advisable to keep the lid of the septic tank closed throughout the winter. The insulation of the lid keeps the temperature above freezing and does not let water or animals into the septic tank. The company also urges homeowners not to flush down anything other than human waste and toilet paper during the winter months. If clogs do appear from time to time, it is advisable to use a heavy-duty plunger to clear them. Homeowners should also avoid using too many water-based detergents or soaps, which can cause excessive foaming in the pipes and cause clogs.

Freezing of the washing machine drain line can be prevented by adding antifreeze to it. This can also prevent constipation. The company also recommends installing an anti-backup valve on the washing machine drain hose to allow water to flow freely outside the home when homeowners do laundry and to prevent build-up in lines outside that could freeze over time. Finally, if the house has a septic tank with lye fields, homeowners should take extra care when clearing snow. You should avoid walking or driving on it as this can compact the snow underneath into ice and damage the drainage field lines leading away from the house.

The company’s residential sewage treatment services include septic tank pumping and cleaning, property sewage treatment plant inspections, sewage treatment plant repairs, sewage pumps and equipment, hydrojetting, sewage filter installation and cleaning, riser installation and more. Readers can browse all of Commonwealth Waste Solution’s services, read customer reviews and find contact information by clicking the link:


For more information on Commonwealth Waste Solutions contact the company here:

Commonwealth Waste Solutions
Jason Muzy
(804) 895-6355
[email protected]
Commonwealth Waste Solutions
9201 Cattail Rd
Chesterfield, Va. 23838

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