With monsoon season approaching, it’s time to take precautions to ensure that your septic system doesn’t backup during the heavy rains.
It‘s possible for a compromised septic system to send waste water back into your home, leaving you with with a costly repair bill and the scent of regret. So, here’s how to keep your system flowing smoothly:
Monsoon Proof Your Septic System Beforehand
- Make sure your system has been properly serviced and inspected by a professional. A poorly maintained septic system can turn big rains into a big mess.
- Walk your drainfield and make sure the dirt isn’t compacted. Compressed dirt is less absorbent and won’t be as effective during wet weather.
- Clean gutters and keep drainage and house runoff from flowing into your drainage field. Keeping excess water out of the drainfield will help prevent your septic system from overloading and backing up.
It’s Already Raining and There’s a Problem…
- If the drains in your home are slowing and the toilets don’t flush with their usual vigor, your system is struggling. If the drainfield is flooded, you need to begin to reduce the amount of water going down the drain.
- Conserve water to allow the drainfield to catch up. Don’t flush until you have to, and put off taking a shower.
- Call a professional!
You Can See Clearly Now, The Rains Are Gone
- After the heavy rains, is your drainfield still saturated? Chances are, your system may have sustained damaged and will need to be pumped as soon as possible.
- If you suspect dirt or debris got into the system, it will also need to be pumped.
With some planning, and a little vigilance, monsoon season doesn’t have to lead to costly repairs. If you have questions or concerns about your septic system give us a call and let us set your system right.