It seems like every day in the news a state or town is experiencing heavy rainfall and flooding. In Snohomish County, we get our fair share of rainfall. This makes for one of the most scenic places in the country to take a hike. Sometimes, though, you can have too much of a good thing. Plentiful rainfall leads to lush forests along Puget Sound but can also affect your septic system, leading to an emergency call to your septic service provider.
Too much water sitting atop the leech field may cause you to think the system is clogged or full and you want it pumped. If your drains in the house back up and you use a chemical drain cleaner (septic safe) or snake and they don’t clear, you can check your tank by opening the cover and look into the tank to see if it is backed up. Pumping the tank out when it is being affected by too much water, however, could harm the system.
Water Outside the System may be the Culprit
Drenching rains saturate the soil around the pipes below the drain field surface; these pipes have small holes in them to allow the wastewater to escape into the ground for gradual disposal. If the pipes and tank are surrounded by water it could force the water draining out back into the pipes and tank and cause a back-up mimicking the symptoms of a clogged system.
Pumping it out will only increase the outside pressure by reducing the inside pressure which can damage your pipes and tank. A trained professional should be called in to make sure you don’t make matters worse.
Keep Your Septic System Safe in Heavy Rains
You can help your system during heavy rains by using less water in the house. Maybe save the laundry for the day the sun returns. Try not to use the dishwasher for a day or two and cut your shower time by turning the water off while sudsing up and then turn the water back on for a quick rinse.
In summary, when the drains in your house back during unusually heavy rains, check the tank for a backup and limit your water use inside to ease the burden on the septic system.
The Septic Group will be there for you rain or shine to check out the drain field and tank for the best possible solution to any back-ups you may have. Give us a call at 360-310-4430 for any emergency tank repair or just for the septic pumping and other regularly scheduled maintenance your system needs; try out one of our special offers to get acquainted with us today.
Edited by Justin Vorhees