Heavy Rains In The Forecast? 3 Steps To Protect Your Septic Tank

Posted on: 20 July 2016

If you live in an area that's been plagued by droughts, and you have a septic system in your yard, sudden rain storms can spell disaster. If you're not sure how your septic system relates to the drought, here's how. First, the drought dries out the soil around your septic tank. Once it dries out too much, it becomes difficult for your soil to absorb a sudden onslaught of water.

When it finally does start absorbing the rain water, it will take it in all at once, which will flood your septic system. Unfortunately, once all that water drains into your septic tank, there won't be any room left for the water that you flush through to the tanks. When that happens, you're going to start noticing some serious problems with your septic tank, such as sewage backing up into your home, and smelly brown water oozing up in your yard. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help prevent backups and overflows.

Check the Clean-Out Drains

As soon as you know that the rains are going to get heavy, go out and check your clean-out drains. Those are the black drain pipes that are located around the perimeter of your home. You'll see a black pipe coming up out of the ground somewhere near the foundation. In most cases, you'll have one under each exterior bathroom window and one under your kitchen window. Those are designed to make it easier to clear clogs in the plumbing lines. However, if the caps aren't secure, rain water can flow right through those drain pipes into your septic tank. Before the rains arrive, make sure that the caps are tight.

Reduce Your Water Usage

Once you know that you're going to experience a significant amount of rain, you should reduce your water usage. If you have leaky faucets, turn them off until after the rain has passed through. Try to avoid doing laundry until the storm has passed. This will ensure that your septic tank doesn't become overburdened with excess water.

Have Your Septic Pumped

After the storm has passed, flush your toilets. If they are slow, or you hear a gurgling sound, your septic has overfilled during the storm. Contact your septic company like Chavis Septic Services and schedule pumping. Removing the excess water will relieve the pressure on your septic system and prevent flooding and backup problems.

If you have a septic system, heavy rains can cause serious problems. Use the tips provided here to protect your septic system during heavy rains.