Can Heavy Rain Affect Septic Systems?

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Can Heavy Rain Affect Septic Systems?

Are you worried about the heavy rain shown on the forecast? Have you been nervous about what this can mean for your septic tank? This is normal since the pipes that are connected to your household can cause stenches and fail to drain properly. Don’t worry as we at Septic Blue of Raleigh will explain the dangers of heavy rain and what you can do on your part to not overwhelm the system.

Your Drain Field

A drain field plays a critical role as it allows the septic tank to release the waste into a suitable area which empties the system. As the septic tank receives the waste from the inlet pipe which is connected to the drains in your household, the tank separates the solids and liquids. The solids transform to sludge and the liquids get sent to the drain field. Without the drain field, an overflow would occur which would result in gurgling sounds and smells coming up to your home.

With heavy rain in place, you can imagine the possible damage it can cause. If the drain field becomes too saturated, it won’t be able to absorb the wastewater it was designed to work with. This can overflow your tank as the water wouldn’t be able to exit the septic tank properly.

Ways to Prevent

As there isn’t much to do to stop mother nature from unleashing heavy rain, there are simple methods that can help your septic tank from possible overflow or damage.

The best course of action is to reduce your water usage. As heavy rain is already overloading your septic tank, overwhelming it with water from your home can worsen the current status of it.

Make sure to only flush biodegradable material. The reason for this is that your system may have difficulties breaking down non-biodegradable material. This can result in your septic tank clogging up overtime.

If you see mushy parts around your tank, do not go and try digging around it. This can expose the system to damage.

Septic tank pumping. This is the process of removing sludge at the bottom end of the tank. It helps alleviate the pressure of the system by emptying it out. Keeping up with the pumping overtime can keep your system from overflowing. Contacting a professional from Septic Blue of Raleigh can help you resolve your issue with pumping.

While you are cleaning out your bathroom, sinks, and bathtubs, make sure you are using a biodegradable cleaner. The same thing applies to this as it did for flushing biodegradables. Using a non-biodegradable cleaner can harm the bacteria inside the tank which break down the solids entering.

A key way to prevent and see damages is inspecting. Hiring an expert to inspect your tank can allow the worker to explain to you all the problems there are and what you can do to solve them.

Repairs

The worst of all is a septic tank repair. With heavy rain coming down on your system, a repair can be needed. As a repair has a hefty price tag, inspecting and monitoring your system early on is the best course of action to try and prevent a repair.

Is Your Septic Tank Flooded?

Are you going through the experience of a flooded tank? Do not worry as we at Septic Blue of Raleigh offer services and advice to help. By contacting our friendly representatives, we can send a technician your way!