Rural Folks

Rural Folks

This one is for the rural folks, because you have problems unknown to urban and city living.
Have you ever had your septic system freeze?

Now that I’m all grow’d up I find out it’s not as much fun as when it happened back in the 50s. Back then the frozen mass doubled as an ice wall to be conquered with pick and pinion—a ten-penny nail made do. It also served as a testing ground for all sorts of dangerous feats.

It’s a little different when it happens at my house in 2013.

Yesterday I got a call from the neighbor, well not actually the neighbor, the neighbors kid. He used to live there so I still call him a neighbor. He used to be Bobbie-now Bob.

“Hey, did you know you’ve got a septic problem?”

“Aahh, not really. I noticed a mound of ice building up on the hill just below the tank. What makes you think it’s septic?”

“Well . . . it smells.”

Okay, I guess I have a septic problem. CRAP (no pun intended.)

Call the guy out - find out two of the three tanks have about a foot of ice on the top, leaving the first tank to handle everything—result—overflow.

At least, the tanks are at a level below the house so (thank the Lord) it didn’t back up into the basement drain.

After installing some cheap heaters that apparently hang in the goop, and suffering some popped circuit breakers forcing me to unplug one of the new heaters, I guess I’m ready for more cold weather.

So far they haven’t sent me the bill.

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