How to prevent freezing pipes in cold temperatures with no snow

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The interior has experienced a lack of snowfall this year, which could cause some unwanted issues with homes and businesses. Kirk Krause with Bigfoot Pumping and Thawing, spoke about the importance of maintaining your homes septic system and the problems that could arise with cooler temperatures approaching.

"It can cause a leech field to freeze if there's no snow, or lack of snow when it gets cold, and then basically their septic tank is going to turn into a holding tank," he said.

Krause says putting off pumping your tank could cause the system to back up into your home or business. He says there is not a lot you can do about the freezing ground, but he did mention some preventative measures you can take such as placing straw or hay over your sewer system or the water line going from the well or water tank to the house.

"Run water every day and keep everything flowing good. Drippy faucets can cause a sewer line to freeze, especially if you're gone on vacation or something like that. If you have a faucet dripping or a toilet running, little slow stream in that ground can cause it to freeze," he said.

Krause says those who have water wells or holding tanks need to remember to plug in their heat tapes, and it's a good idea to know where the heat tapes are and make sure that they are functioning before it's too late.

"If you go on vacation, make sure you have someone to watch your house, and if you can't find someone to watch your house, drain your plumping down, especially if you are going to be gone all winter," he said.

He says if you are going to be gone for the winter, make sure you turn your water pump off so that if the pipes do freeze, and burst, they don't fill your house with water. He also mentioned for those who are looking to sell their homes, to winterize the house before they leave.