Questions and answers

Do they use septic tanks in Alaska?

Do they use septic tanks in Alaska?

If you own a home in Alaska, chances are that you own a septic system. A septic system is an effective method for treating household wastewater. In addition, it is cost effective and easy to maintain. Well built systems can last 20 years or more when properly maintained.

How do septic systems work in the winter?

During winter, the freezing temperature outside makes the various components of your septic system freeze up. With the septic tank being frozen, the waste does not break down quickly, which causes problems for the residents.

How deep is a leach field in Alaska?

Typically has a depth of 5-12 feet of sewer rock.

Does cold weather affect septic systems?

When snow or frost gets around your septic tanks and surrounding parts, then freezes, problems can occur. Particularly, it slows down or prevents the healthy bacteria in your tank from breaking down waste. When wastewater is not broken down properly, it may cause system overload.

Can you cut septic pipes down?

They shouldn’t be removed but they can be cut down, level with the ground. Other white pipes may be standing above your septic tank, pump tank or close to your foundation. Those are available for maintenance, if needed, and shouldn’t be removed. Again, they can all be cut down close to the ground surface and recapped.

How do you maintain a new septic system?

Do’s and Don’ts when maintaining your septic system

  1. Regularly inspect and maintain your septic system.
  2. Pump your septic tank as needed.
  3. Keep your septic tank lids closed and secured.
  4. Be water-wise.
  5. Direct water from land and roof drains away from the drainfield.
  6. Landscape with love.
  7. Keep septic tank lids easily accessible.

How do you winterize a septic tank?

Open all the taps and leave them open. Drain the septic system’s pressure tank completely. Flush all the toilets in the house. Remove all drainage hoses for the washing machine and/or dishwasher, and check that any flexible hoses in sinks, wash basins or bathtubs have been completely drained.

How do I find my septic tank in the winter?

In your basement, locate the area where the septic lines leave your home. Outside the home, in the same side of the house where the lines are located, look for a melted area of snow, about 36″ or more wide. Snow may melt the fastest over the septic tank due to using warmer water than the frozen ground around it!

Why does my septic smell in the winter?

The cold winter months can wreak havoc on a septic system. Everything from cracks in the pipes to animals nesting and ice buildup in the vent stacks can cause horrible sewer odors to leak inside and outside the home. and schedule a professional septic inspection before you have odor problems.

How to contact Dec septic system in Alaska?

To provide comments, ask questions, or report an error, please send an email to [email protected] or contact your local ADEC office Note: Currently this database is being populated with information. The document you are looking for may not have been scanned and uploaded at this time.

Where can I get a septic tank permit in Alaska?

The Division of Water in the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) is the regulating body that administers sanitary systems in the State of Alaska. Information about installation permits, certified installers, and septic system maintenance can be found at DEC offices.

How do I become certified for Alaska Dec?

In some instances a waiver may be required. These systems must be designed by an engineer and plans must be reviewed and approved by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation prior to construction. How do I become certified? Indicates an external site.

Is it OK to add yeast to septic tank in Alaska?

Because of the cold soil temperatures typically found in Alaska, adding performance enhancing additives like yeast, bacteria or chemicals to your septic tank is of little value. In fact, in some cases, these additives can be harmful to your system or the environment.