Maintaining your septic tank and drainfield is one of the most important ways to keep the system healthy, functional, and safe. But if a sudden storm floods your property, you may want to clean or pump your septic tank yourself in hopes of keeping it safe. However, pumping your septic tank after a major flood might be the wrong thing to do, as it can cause more damage than good. Here's why you want to wait to clean out your tank and what you may do instead.
What Happens If You Clean Your Flooded Septic System?
Cleaning your flooded septic tank and drainfield may be both dangerous and problematic. Flooding water has the potential to carry chemicals and debris from soil, sewer systems, and factories. Although your
In addition, septic tanks made of plastic or
You want to avoid these problems at all costs.
What Can You Do Until It's Safe to Clean Your System?
The first thing you want to do is contact a septic tank service provider and inform them about your dilemma. The contractor will generally assess the situation by inspecting the tank and drainfield. If both areas contain too much water, the contractor may suggest that you wait until the flooding water subsides or dries up before they clean and pump your system.
Until it's safe to move forward with the job, you can do a few things to keep the location secure. First, place brightly-colored cones around the tank and field to warn other people from entering or traveling through it. Keep vehicles away from the location as well. Drivers may have a difficult time spotting the field because of the dampened ground. Vehicles may accidentally damage the tank's
Keep an eye out for changes in your home's plumbing, such as
For more information about your storm-flooded septic system, contact a septic tank repair contractor immediately.Share
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