How Heavy Rain Can Affect My Septic System?

Heavy rain that comes with floods can affect your septic system in various ways, especially when it’s not well maintained. It can quickly flood the drainfield, leaving it saturated. This lim...

How Heavy Rain Can Affect My Septic System?

Oct 21

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How Heavy Rain Can Affect My Septic System?

Heavy rain that comes with floods can affect your septic system in various ways, especially when it’s not well maintained. It can quickly flood the drainfield, leaving it saturated. This limits the drainfield’s ability to release the effluent into the soil, resulting in the inability of wastewater to flow out of your septic system.  This stoppage causes wastewater to back up into the drains of your home or commercial building. Backed up plumbing is the last situation you want to find yourself in as it can become a health hazard and lead to costly repairs.

Apart from causing problems of backed up plumbing, a saturated drainfield can lead to environmental contamination of water sources when untreated sewage finds its way into nearby streams, rivers, and public water reservoirs.

Your drainfield should clear when the rain stops, but if it does not clear, call a septic company to inspect your septic system and determine what is causing the problem.

How to Prevent Septic System Problems Due to Heavy Rain

While you cannot stop heavy rain, there are actions you can take to prevent septic system problems caused by heavy rain.

  • Limit water use during heavy rain – If possible, limit your water usage during heavy rain so that your septic tank is less likely to get flooded. Avoid long showers, and do not run your washing machine during heavy rain.
  • Regularly inspect your septic tank – Another way to prevent septic system problems due to heavy rain is to ensure your septic system is in good working order. Call a septic company to inspect septic tank risers and lids and baffle tees. At Metro Septic Pumping, we can help you with septic system inspection and maintenance.
  • Pump your septic tank when the rain season is approaching—Septic pumping gets rid of the excess water and water residue, thereby minimizing the risk of wastewater backing up into your drains. When it’s time to pump out your septic tank, call Metro Septic Pumping to help you.
  • Redirect runoff water from the drainfield—Having a saturated drainfield and runoff water can be a disastrous combination for your septic system. If possible, redirect runoff water away from your drainfield.
  • Be mindful of what goes down the drain—You should only flush human waste, toilet paper, and wastewater down your toilet. Things like baby wipes, feminine products, and diapers should not be flushed down the toilet. Also, you should not pour cooking oil, kitchen grease, or chemicals into the sink.

Need Septic Tank Cleaning or Septic Tank Pumping? Contact Metro Septic Pumping

If you’re in need of septic tank cleaning, it’s a good idea to work with a dependable septic company.

Metro Septic Pumping is a full-service septic company that provides reliable septic tank cleaning, septic tank installation and replacement, septic tank pumping, and inspection. Whether it’s time for your routine septic tank inspection or you’re looking to install a new septic system in your newly constructed property, our team is ready to help you get the job done.

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