For snowbirds, there’s nothing like having the luxury and freedom to escape to a warmer climate before Old Man Winter drops his baggage at their front doors. Once you fly south, you can breathe easier because you don’t have to worry about shoveling, buying snow tires, dressing in layers or threatening to move away every year because you hate how cold it is. It’s a great feeling and if you have adopted this way of life, you, my friend, are living the good life. 

But before you fly high free bird, and kiss the winter weather — and your home goodbye, there are a few things that you should do before you take off. One of those things is to thoroughly winterize your septic system. Sure, you probably know the basics if you’ve been spending winters in Southwest Florida for years. However, it never hurts to brush up on things from time to time. So, here are some helpful tips to consider before you pack up your home and head to “The Sunshine State” to ensure that you don’t face major septic issues when you return in the spring. 

Spruce Up Your Septic Tank

Since you’ll be away from your home for months, consider having your septic system pumped before you leave. When your system isn’t being used, the enzyme and bacteria balance tends to break down since the biosphere isn’t obtaining new bacteria from its usual sources — your home’s drains and toilets. When this occurs, waste won’t be processed efficiently. If you’re not so sure about this, it never hurts to call in the professionals for a septic tank inspection. A professional septic service can make sure your system is safe and sound from septic issues during the winter months and recommend the best course of action for preserving your tank. 

Pipe Down 

In the dead of winter, the last thing you want is a burst pipe when you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away. Even if you do plan on leaving the heat on while you’re away, it doesn’t hurt to drain the water supply lines for reassurance. Believe it or not, a constant, slow flow of water can cause the septic system to freeze. So, you’ll want to shut the water off where it flows into your house and drain the lines completely. You can also drain the pressure tank, any appliance hoses and even your water heater and softener if need be. 

Pro Tip:

Whatever you do, avoid using automotive antifreeze to keep your pipes from freezing. Automotive antifreeze contains Ethylene Glycol which is not good for home sewage systems. RV antifreeze is a better solution since it’s made with Propylene Glycol and safe to use with home plumbing systems. 

Don’t Forget to Protect Your Drain Field

Your drain field is essential to the effectiveness of your septic system. If water cannot pass through the soil in this area, your drain field won’t be able to convert wastewater into groundwater. This could result in contamination or septic system damage. To prevent potential drain field issues upon your return home, aerate the soil before you leave so water can drain properly.

When You Return to Your Winter Home in Southern Florida, Moon Site & Septic Can Help You with Septic Tank Inspection and More

Moon Site & Septic welcomes snowbirds from all walks of life to Southern Florida and we’re here to help should you need septic pump installation or maintenance. And if an emergency should pop up, we can help with that as well. So even though you might be miles away from home, you’ll still get peace of mind in knowing that you have help should you need it. Contact us today to find out how we can keep the septic system for your winter home in Southern Florida going and flowing smoothly.