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How Flooding Can Negatively Impact Your Septic Tank

How Flooding Can Negatively Impact Your Septic Tank

Flooding is overwhelming to deal with as a homeowner, for many different reasons. But if you own a septic system, there are even more things to worry about when unexpected flooding occurs. Here’s how flooding can negatively impact your septic tank.

Septic Tank Damage

Don’t panic just yet. Most septic tanks do not experience damage after a flood. But, because they are underground, leaks that allow floodwater to enter could also bring debris and other materials into the system. This can cause damage to the components of your septic system, even if it’s not to the tank itself.

Drain Field Damage

An overwhelmed tank may begin to leak through the cover, pipes, or even the manhole cover. Any soil or silt entering your system through these leaks could lead to a clogged drain field. Water from a flooded drain field can flow backwards, back into the tank. All this combined could cause a wide range of problems like slow flowing drains, clogged toilets, or wastewater backups.

What to Do If You Experience Flooding

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do for your septic system while the flooding is occurring. However, you should alert your septic tank company immediately. It is also best not to use any running water or flush any toilets. If possible, you should vacate the premises until the flooding has stopped. After the floodwater subsides and there is no risk for further flooding, your septic tank will need to be pumped right away. Once pumped, your septic tank company can inspect for any damage or necessary repairs. In addition to septic maintenance, it is also wise to call an electrician to check for any water damage in your electrical system.

Remember that Affordable Pumping Services offers 24/7 Emergency Services and can help with any septic system related problem. Give us a call today!

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