Storm Flooding: Is It Okay To Clean Your Septic Tank Yourself?


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 drainfield uses bacteria to maintain your septic system, flooding water can carry harmful microorganisms that disrupt the natural flora inside your field. The germs and chemicals may invade your septic tank if you disturb them. 

In addition, septic tanks made of plastic or another light material may rise from the ground and float. If your tank does float, it may pull or damage the pipes connected to it. Damaged pipes allow human waste products to invade your property.

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 lines and housing ft these parts rise up from the ground during the flood.

Keep an eye out for changes in your home's plumbing, such as clogs in the toilet and sink. The issues may indicate that your septic system has a clog or damaged area in the tank or drainfield.

For more information about your storm-flooded septic system, contact a septic tank repair contractor immediately.


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Learning To Recycle Properly

After we moved into a new house, I was pleased to see a recycling bin outside. The owners told me that the city had a thriving recycling program, but after we stared using the bins on our own we realized that we didn't know what we were doing. We quickly found that we were putting the wrong things in the bins, and that it didn't seem like we were seeing that much of a refund every month from our efforts. This blog is all about learning how to recycle properly and avoid problems with your sanitation company tied to recycling programs.