What is a Septic Tank?

Getting Your Septic Tank Through The Rainy Season

Access to indoor plumbing is a modern luxury that many people take for granted. If your home relies on a septic system to carry waste away from your home, you know how important it can be to ensure that your system is working properly. Heavy rainfall that completely saturates the ground can pose a problem for septic tank users.

If you live in an area where the rainy season is significant, there are some special considerations you should keep in mind in order to get your septic tank through the rainy season unscathed. Here are three things you can do to ensure saturated soil doesn’t wreak havoc on your septic system in the future.

1. Have your septic tank pumped.

The easiest way to prepare your septic system to withstand a rainy season is to have the tank pumped before the rains arrive. A septic tank that is too full can cause water to get backed up in the drainfield, resulting in improper drainage.

If the soil surrounding your drain field is already saturated with rainwater, a backlog of septic water could flood the area with foul smelling and brackish water. Contact a professional to empty your septic tank prior to the start of the rainy season.

2. Manage the flow of rainwater.

Managing the direction in which rainwater flows off the roof of your home can be another beneficial way to preserve the integrity of your septic system during the rainy season. Inspect all of your home’s rain gutters and downspouts to ensure that they are working properly.

If your downspouts are emptying too close to your septic system’s drainfield, install extensions to direct excess water flow away from the area. Properly managing the flow of rainwater will help you prevent drainfield saturation and flooding during severe rainstorms.

3. Conserve water during storms.

Excessive water use during a severe rainstorm can place unnecessary pressure on your septic system. If you suspect that the soil near your drainfield is becoming saturated with rainwater, you should try to conserve water within your home to reduce the amount of liquid being pushed through your septic system.

Opting to forego a shower or waiting to do laundry until the storm has passed and the soil has a chance to dry out can be beneficial in reducing the chance your drainfield will flood.

Knowing how to protect your septic system from damage during the rainy season will help ensure that your access to indoor plumbing isn’t compromised by saturated soil.