Back Yard Flooded? 4 Steps To Avoid Problems With Your Septic Tank

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Did you know that seasonal floods can damage your septic tank? You might think that your septic tank is safe because it's underground. However, heavily saturated soil can cause serious harm to your septic system. If you're home has suffered a severe flood, it's important that you exercise caution when caring for your septic system. Here are some precautions you should take after a flood.  

Conserve Water Usage

If your yard is underwater, chances are that your septic tank has been compromised. If that's the case, it will not be able to process as much waste water as it normally would. Give your septic tank time to dry out by reducing the amount of water you use in your home. Some ways to conserve water usage include:

  • Washing dishes in a basin and using the old water on your gardens

  • Limiting the amount of flushes

  • Taking your laundry to the laundromat

Once the flood waters have receded and the seepage field has dried, you'll be able to resume normal water usage.

Avoid Pumping the Septic Tank

You may think that having your septic tank pumped will help remove the excess water. However, that can actually cause further damage. In fact, pumping your septic tank while the soil is saturated can cause the tank to float out of the ground. If that happens, you'll have to pay to have your septic tank reinstalled.

Watch For Raw Sewage in the Home

Once your septic tank becomes inundated with flood water, you may experience raw sewage backing up into your home. The most common places to find sewage backing up into your home are in the tub and around the toilets.

If you have sewage backing up into your home, you'll need to clean it up as soon as possible. Sanitize the area using bleach and hot water. Combine 1 cup of bleach for every gallon of hot water you use.

Have the System Inspected

As soon as the flood waters have receded and the ground is dry, you'll want to have your septic system professionally cleaned and inspected. Be sure to inform the septic company that you're home has experienced a recent flood. This will allow them to take the appropriate precautions, such as securing the ground as they dig.

If you've experienced a severe flood in your yard, you'll need to be careful with your septic system. These steps will help you exercise proper care when taking care of your septic tank after a flood.

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