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Can A Septic Tank Freeze?

Most septic tanks are installed underground deep enough to prevent freezing from extreme conditions. Unfortunately, there are parts of the septic system that may be susceptible to freezing in or around Saratoga, Clifton Park, Delmay NY, Albany NY, Hudson NY. The parts of a septic system that may freeze include:

The Main Septic tank

The Drainpipe that exits your home and enters the septic tank (near your inlet)

The Drainpipes that exit our septic tank and branch off to create the drain field.

The Drain Field Itself


What Causes a Septic Tank to Freeze?

The pipes that are more than likely to freeze before the other components of the septic system are the main drain from the house to the septic tank. There are many contributing factors that can lead to a frozen drain line but the most common is a slow leak from one of your fixtures. For example, if the bathroom sink has a continuous drip, the flow of the water is not significant as it drains through the main drain. This small stream of water in the drain line can freeze and lead to a blockage.


The reduction in frequency in use of the septic system can cause a septic tank to freeze. During the extremely cold months make sure to use your system a few times a day but do not OVERUSE the system!


How Do I Know if My Septic Tank is Frozen?

Very Simple. Your toilets and fixtures will not drain correctly and or drain very slow.

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