Septic pumping in winter is unusual.
Haha! That’s because, generally, it’s easier to have the septic tank pumped in either the spring, summer, or fall. And, generally, that’s when we’ve usually had it done.
However, it got missed this time.
And so last week we found ourselves with a “backing up of septic material” scenario thrust upon us.
We had to immediately put a hold on any water usage activities last Tuesday evening, such as dishes, laundry, showering….even basic personal hygiene….and well, er…..those other daily bodily emissions.
Wait, what?!?! Can’t use the toilet? Eek!
Actually, we all handled it rather well. It sounded better being dramatic…..haha!
Yep, all of us in the family have done our good share of wilderness camping, and so we have a handle on what to do. Yes…..even in the wintertime.
And, of course, a phone call was made to our regular, local septic pumping expert. Since it turned winter on us again the day before – after we were given a taste of spring-like warmth for a few days – that meant that the caps on the tank would need to be freed of the now freshly falling snow, as well as pried open before the gentleman would come over to do the pumping.
So, that’s what all my lads were busy doing on the Wednesday…..
After those tightly wedged – and frozen! – concrete caps were extricated – a BIG job! – then my husband, who had gone into town earlier to get some supplies for this activity, unveiled the new green rings and caps to go on top of the two tank openings. And their design is such that it should make future jobs of septic tank access and pumping much easier.
Here he is, drilling away…..
The septic pumping gentleman, in the first photo, did his usual fine job….this was Thursday by that point, and we were happily on our way to being able to have running water in the house again.
One suggestion he did leave with us though is that when the weather turns warmer and more spring-like again, that since our tank is at least 29 years old, we may want to have the soil around the tile bed tested, just to make sure all is well. It may be that a new tile bed needs to be put in.
We shall see in the months coming up.