If you have a septic system, seasonal rains can cause a big problem, especially if your yard floods on a regular basis. Saturated soil can wreak havoc on your septic system. In fact, it's not uncommon for septic tanks to act like they are filled to capacity when torrential rains come through. Once the seepage field is saturated, it's not able to process the waste water that's flowing out of your home.
When the seepage pit is inundated with rain water, you may experience the same septic problems you'd experience when your system needs to be pumped—clogs, foul odors, and raw sewage backing up into the tubs. To prevent septic problems, here are some steps you can take to protect your system during the next heavy rainstorm.
Limit Water Usage
During a heavy rainstorm, sending household water through to the septic system is like trying to fill a bucket that's already overflowing: you're going to be asking for trouble. To prevent septic problems, limit your water usage until the rain has stopped and the soil has had a chance to dry out. You can limit your water use by utilizing the following tips.
- Flush only when necessary
- Limit your laundry use
- Avoid using your dishwasher
Cover the Clean-Out Drains
Your home is equipped with several clean-out drains. They're usually located around the perimeter of your home near your bathrooms and kitchen. These clean-out drains lead right to your septic system. To prevent your septic system from flooding during torrential rains, make sure the caps are securely fastened. For maximum protection, cover the clean-out caps with plastic and secure them with duct tape. Once the rains have passed through, you can remove the plastic covering.
Service Your Septic System
If your plumbing continues to act sluggish once the rains pass through, have your septic system serviced. Your septic provider will be able to inspect your septic tanks to determine whether they need to be emptied. If there is an accumulation of solid waste at the bottom of the main holding tank, pumping the system will relieve the pressure. However, if the problem is an over-saturated seepage field, pumping the tank will not alleviate the problem. You'll need to continue monitoring your water use until the seepage pit has a chance to dry out naturally.
Now that heavy rains are in the forecast, make sure you're prepared to protect your septic tank. The tips provided here will help you avoid septic problems caused by torrential rains. Call a professional such as Blount's Speedy Rooter for more information.