As a homeowner, you likely know that your septic system is vital to your household and is an intricate part of the property. But how much do you know about your septic system beyond a simple understan...
As a homeowner, you likely know that your septic system is vital to your household and is an intricate part of the property. But how much do you know about your septic system beyond a simple understanding that it keeps your family's wastewater from getting into the groundwater? Do you know about problems with wastewater backup, wastewater contamination, or how to prevent such issues? Metro Septic Pumping has tips to help you understand your septic system and prepare for any weather-related concerns.
Before you can understand how the weather affects your septic system, it's essential to know what part of the septic system is being impacted. Your septic system is a complex network of pipes and tanks designed to carry wastewater away from your home. The wastewater flows into the tank and is stored there until it can move on to the drainfield. This system uses natural processes to treat and dispose of wastewater.
The tank is where the waste is stored and treated. The tank size depends on how many people live in your home and how much they use the toilets and water. If too much waste builds up in the tank, it can overflow, causing an emergency.
The tank contains water that has been pumped in from your home's plumbing system. As the wastewater flows through the septic tank, it is cleaned by bacteria and other organisms that live in the tank walls. The cleaned water moves out of the tank through perforations in its bottom and into the drainfield.
The drainfield is where wastewater flows into underground pipes filled with gravel or sand. This allows wastewater to percolate through the ground safely away from wells and other water sources. During heavy rainstorms, floodwaters could damage drains and cause them to overflow into nearby streams, rivers, or lakes. Heavy rains also increase runoff from roofs, which can quickly overload septic systems unless adequately sized for the number of people living on-site.
Septic systems can be affected by weather events such as flooding and heavy rainstorms. These events can cause wastewater backups and septic system contamination due to the excessive strain on your septic system.
When it rains, water flows into storm drains and local waterways. When there is too much water for these systems to handle, excess water can flow into your home through your drains and toilets. This is called wastewater backup.
When wastewater backs up into your home, it can cause serious health concerns for you and your family. The wastewater contains bacteria and viruses that harm humans and toxic chemicals such as heavy metals or oils from cars or industries. These contaminants can cause illness or even death if they come in contact with humans or animals.
If you want to prevent problems with your septic system during the heavy rain months, here are some things you can do: