The flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew reminds us of how important it is for homeowners to perform needed septic system maintenance. If you live in a location that’s prone to flooding, it’s also a good idea to know the proper protocols for dealing with your septic system during and after high water levels. The first thing to remember is not to panic. Here are several guidelines you should definitely apply to your response to your septic system after a flood.
Do Not Drive Over Your Absorption Field
When the area surrounding your home has flooded, it may be tempting to return home via any possible route. If the only accessible way back to your home is over your drainfield, avoid driving your car over it. Wet soil can compact easily and cause problems with your system.
Wait to Use Your System
If you remained in your home or have already returned to it, avoid using your septic system until the water level has diminished. You should wait to use and repair your septic system until after the water is lower in your drainage field than it is outside your home.
Order a Septic System Inspection
Luckily, most septic tanks are not easily damaged by flooding. You should, however, arrange for a septic inspection by a professional septic contractor after the flood water has receded. Your septic specialist can determine if there is damage, as well as clean away any resulting silt or debris.
Pump Your Septic System
Septic tank pumping after a flood is important and should be done as soon as possible. You don’t, however, want to pump your tank while your drainfield is flooded or water-saturated. Pumping your tank too early could result in the system’s shifting or floating upward. Always wait for drier conditions before having a septic service company clean your system.
Need Help With Your Septic System After a Flood?
If you and your property have been affected by a flood, contact The Septic Group for help. We can perform an inspection of your system, as well as perform any needed pumping and repairs. For more information about our company, the services we offer, and special offers, visit our website. You can also call (360)310-4430 to set up an appointment for a free quote.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Septic Systems After a Flood
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