Bought a cottage late this past fall. The previous owner had uncovered
the septic system - I think so prospective purchasers could inspect
it. We were only at the place once before the snow fell and never
noticed it was open to the elements. This past weekend we went up and
quickly found out that the plumbing was blocked. A bit of
investigation brought me to the tank. Since it was uncovered I was
able to open it up - it is like an ice cube.
Any thoughts on thawing it out? Someone has suggested using a steam
pressure washer. Another idea is a immersion or bucket heater of
On 2 Apr 2007 20:33:45 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Have never done this at all, but... pots of boiling water?
A garden hose from the kitchen sink with hot water?
Or just cover it up and wait for it to get back to the temp it would
have been if had never been uncovered? If it wouldn't have been
frozen now had it not been uncovered, it will reach that same
temperature, I would guess, in 3 or 4 days. And then it won't be
frozen. But again, I'm just guessing. No experience.
Where are you located?
Either wait or use lots and lots of hot water.
I'd drain the hot water heater into the commode and also bucket it
out to the septic tank and every other place that might be iced up.
Of course, only do this when the temp remains above freezing.
I would be careful about the salt idea. Septic systems work because the
microbes digest the solid matter and if you muck up the chemistry the solids
stay solid and your system clogs up.
I think the porta potty and waiting for the thaw is your best bet.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
On Apr 2, 10:33 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Since spring is here it makes sense to wait since from what I know you
can't do anything anyway. I live in Northern Minnesota where the
ground freezes deep and hard. Luckily I haven't had this problem but
I know that when it happens to someone here they either switch to an
outhouse or the bucket method. People who don't care for those
solutions just call in a porta potty.
Amazing what you read here! Why didn't you ask why they uncovered it,
and why didn't you cover it back up! The mean ground temperature here
in western pa. is 49 degrees, depending on where you are, it might be about
the same../. cover it up and it will defrost!>
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