If your home is on a septic system then you know there are a few things you need to pay attention to in order to avoid any flooding or backflow of sewage into the home. When you have a well-functioning septic system, you likely wouldn’t even notice the difference between that and being on a city or county sewer line instead. However, if there is a problem with the septic system then you will be the one to notice and pay the price.
Unlike city or county sewage systems, a residential septic system functions independently and processes all the wastewater from your home. All the wastewater flows through the plumbing and into the septic tank, which is where the treatment process begins. Over time, solid waste will build up and require a septic tank pumping in order for the system to continue to function properly, or else you risk an emergency like septic flooding or backflow.
Here are the top five ways to prevent septic flooding and backflow into your home:
1.Maintain a Proper Septic System
Maintaining a proper septic system is key to preventing septic emergencies like flooding and backflow. This starts from the beginning, with the type of septic system that is installed on your property. While the entire process takes place underground, it is important for you to know where everything is located on the property. Avoid parking vehicles above the area or building on top of the area, which can put too much pressure on the system and cause it to crack or break down. Don’t plant shrubbery or trees with large root systems above the septic tank or drain field, as these roots can wreak havoc on underground pipes.
2.Know What Shouldn’t Go Down the Drain
Just like in any home, there are things you should never flush down the toilet. A lot of products these days are marketed as flushable, but that doesn’t mean you should flush those items into your septic system. Wipes, whether they are flushable or not, contribute to the waste buildup in the septic tank, which ultimately causes your tank to fill up faster. If you have a garbage disposal, try not to put a lot of food and products down the drain because these will also contribute to the solid waste buildup.
3.Space Out High-Usage Times
The septic tank holds a large amount at a time, but it has its limits. When too much wastewater passes through the pipes at once, it can overwhelm the septic tank and even push water through to the drain field before it is ready. You can avoid overloading your septic tank with large amounts of water by paying attention to high-usage times. For example, try not to run the dishwasher, a load of laundry, and then also take a shower all at the same time. All three of these events send gallons of water into the septic tank at once.
4.Pay Attention to the Weather
During wet seasons, the ground above the drain field can become saturated and you may even notice pools of water on the ground after a large amount of rain. The drain field is underground and allows the treated water to slowly leach back out into the soil underground. However, when it rains a lot, it can saturate the soil and make it more difficult for the treated water to leave the drain field. If you have had a particularly rainy day or week, be mindful of not overloading the septic system with too many water-heavy activities at once.
5.Schedule Regular Septic Tank Pumping
The best thing you can do to prevent flooding or backflow into the home is to schedule regular septic tank services with professionals. A septic tank pumping should be scheduled every 3-5 years on average. The specific recommended years for your septic system will depend on the size of the septic tank and the number of people regularly living in the home. Septic system professionals can evaluate and inspect your septic system to determine what timeframe is best for your septic system.
Emergency Services for Septic System Flooding and Backflow
At Septic Masters, LLC, we offer regular and emergency septic tank pumping. You can call or visit us online and know that our licensed, professional specialists are available 24/7, 365 days a year so you can get the help you need!