Just wondering if anybody out there has any ideas on how to unfreeze a septic system. I have access to the pipe going to the tank and as far as I can tell there isn’t any ice in there.
Same here. Have to dig down around 14". I can't install an above-ground riser because the access hole is in the middle of our parking area and I can't use a commercial riser kit because none of them will fit. But... I lucked out during clean-up day this year and the Township was throwing away some small sections of 16" double-walled black culvert pipe (I tried to buy some once and it only comes in 20-foot lengths). So I scored a 18" piece that I am going to cut down to create my own riser. I'm going to purchase a square of 3/16" steel plate to use as a lid and I'll weld on a handle. I figure I can keep it about 3-4 inches under the gravel which will be a piece of cake to dig up when needed. It will sure beat digging a 14" hole.This is making me think harder about putting one of those tank lid risiers on my tank so I wouldn’t have to dig for access to the tank.
RV antifreeze wouldn’t be my first choice to try and thaw it, I’d try hot water or maybe some de-icing chemicals like calcium or magnesium chloride.I don’t have access to the tank from top. The ground is frozen. I don’t have a pump. It’s just a big tank with a leach field. Problem is, I just don’t know where it’s frozen in that the pipe seems to have all water in it. I just had the tank pumped this summer so everything checked out then. And I don’t think it’s clogged because it’s just been me here and I haven’t put anything strange down there. This has happened before. It usually doesn’t happen this early but it’s been so cold and we don’t have any snow here in central Wisconsin. I was thinking about maybe trying a couple gallons of RV anti freeze but that might not be too good for the system.
You might talk to one of the local funeral homes or cemeteries. They might have some “heated blankets” they use to for digging graves that would work to thaw it.
I talking to them they might know of.someone else who has had this problem and they might have a better solution.
CP, you can probably take the rest of the week off. This one is going to be hard on the sandwich thread.