Excessive rain can have an impact on your septic system – especially if the system has not been cleaned recently. And with July being one of the rainiest months in the NYC area, now is the time to act if you suspect that your septic system may be prone to overflowing.
How Does Excessive Rain Affect Your Septic System?
Heavy rains oversaturate the soil around your septic tank, which can cause the tank outlet to clog or ‘back up’ the effluent (the liquid portion of what comes out of the septic tank) such that its escape from the tank is limited or completely clogged. When effluent cannot leave the septic tank, the tank fills with liquids to a point where it may leak or worse yet, crack – releasing its contents into the drain field.
What Are The Symptoms of a Septic System Leak?
The most obvious symptom of a septic system leak is that the drains in your home drain more slowly than normal; they may even begin to back up slightly into your house.
If this is occurring during a time of excessive rain, you should contact Plumbwell Services immediately. Our trained and experienced septic tank team will come to your home and will assess your system for a potential leak or damage to your system.
After calling Plumbwell Services, immediately begin to reduce the amount of water that is used in your house to limit the damage from tank overflow and flooding. This is the single best thing you can do until Plumbwell’s septic specialists arrive. By reducing water use – water that goes down your drains – you are giving the drain field time to dry.
Are There Some Things You Can Do to Prevent Your Tank from Leaking?
Yes! The single best thing you can do to keep your septic tank from flooding is to provide regular maintenance and care for your system. This includes having your system routinely cleaned.
Plumbwell Services offers full maintenance, care and cleaning services for septic systems.
Plumbwell Services understands that septic tank overflow can result in serious damage to your system and to your property. Our septic tank cleaning specialists will thoroughly check that your system is operating at its maximum capacity before we finish your cleaning. This will provide you with peace of mind – and the best assurance that your tank won’t flood during heavy rainfalls.
Other things you can do to keep your septic system from overflowing include:
- Only put biodegradable materials into your septic system
- Use only biodegradable cleaners in your system
- Keep trees away from your tank to prevent cracking due to roots
- Do not work around your septic system during times of heavy rainfall
Plumbwell Services can help you get on a septic system health plan – giving you tips and advice that can add years to the life of your septic system.
July is One of the Rainiest Months of the Year in the NYC Area –
Avoid a Septic Tank Leak Before It Occurs.
Call Plumbwell Services Today!