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Find Out What To Do If The Rains Have Affected Your Septic System

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 22 February , 2017

If you have a septic system in your yard, you need to be concerned about all the rain and flooding recently in the San Diego area.

In this issue, we’ll talk about how rain can affect your septic system, and what you can do to keep it from flooding.

Understanding How Your Septic System Works

First, let’s talk about the associated parts and areas related to a septic system.

  • The inlet pipe is what carries waste water away from your home and into the septic tank.
  • The two-chamber underground tank (made of fiberglass, concrete or polyethylene) will hold the wastewater until the solids settle into a sludge
  • The drain field is actually a small portion around the septic tank usually surrounded by gravel and covered with mesh where the waste is taken for further biodegradation.

How Can Rain Affect My Septic System?

Heavy rainfall can saturate the drain field, making it nearly impossible for your tank to drain correctly. If the water cannot flow out of the septic system, the wastewater will most likely make its way backward through the pipes and into your house or the untreated sewage may overflow into the groundwater, risking serious contamination.

What You Can Do to Prevent Your Septic System From Flooding

There are actually a few things you can do before heavy rainfall that will help to prevent your septic system from flooding.

  • First, direct your water spouts and other runoff water devices away from the drain field. This keeps the soil from becoming soggier than normal.
  • Never drive heavy equipment over the drain field because the soil could become compacted – reducing its ability to absorb water properly from the system.

After a storm, if you notice that your drains do not drain as quickly as they used to or if your toilets are slow to flush, your septic system is under stress. Have the system inspected and serviced professionally as soon as you can while using as little household water as possible.

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