Can Rain Affect My Septic Tank?

Heavy rains can cause many catastrophic issues and your septic system is not spared from this act of nature. Heavy rains saturate the ground and the soil around your septic tank which can cause the the drain field to become clogged. If your drain filed clogs then your septic tank will continue to fill and eventually can cause your septic tank to flood.

Even if you’ve been diligent in your preparation and receive regular septic system maintenance service rain can still cause problems for your septic system. If your area is expected to get heavy rains, there are some steps you can take to avoid septic system issues:

  1. Limit water use during the rain
  2. Only flush safe materials
  3. Don’t work on the system during flooding conditions
  4. Don’t park or drive over your tank
  5. Use biodegradable cleaners
  6. Be mindful of root damage
  7. Regularly inspect and pump your septic tank

There are a number of things that can cause issues with your septic system. The key to getting ahead of any issue is to look for signs of septic problems. You can mitigate septic tank issues caused by heavy rainwater if you act quickly.

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Septic Medic provides professional septic system services to homeowners in Pike County, PA and the suburbs of Northeast Pennsylvania. Contact Septic Medic to schedule a time for a septic system inspection today.

What Are the Signs of Septic Issues Caused by Heavy Rain?

When your area experiences heavy rains make sure you know how to recognize a flooded drain field or septic tank overflow. A flooded septic tank will look a lot like a standard clogged pipe or a tank that may need routine maintenance. When your tank is flooded, the drains and pipes in your home may begin to back up and fail to drain properly. You may also notice a bad odor coming from your septic tank when it rains. Repairing a flooded septic tank is different than routine maintenance and a professional knows the difference. If you are concerned that heavy rain has caused damage to your septic system, or just have a question, call Septic Medic at 570-828-7444 or contact us online.