4 Things to Do When Your Septic Tank Is Flooded
If the united arab emirates area where you live has flooded recently or has been subjected to heavy rains, you may notice that your toilet isn’t flushing correctly and your drains are emptying slowly. Raw sewage may even back up into your tub and sink drains.
Signs of sluggish or backed-up drains can indicate that the water table has risen above your septic tanks field and septic tank bottom. If you suspect flooding of your septic system, here are four things you should do.
1. Check the Groundwater Level
Drain fields for septic tanks are normally between 2 to 4 feet from the top of the soil. The top of the septic tank is usually a few feet below the soil. If the ground floods above these levels, your septic system may not be able to handle wastewater from your home.
If you know where your septic tank and drain field are located, check the water level in the area to verify that flooding is a problem. If you see standing water above the drain field or tank, your septic system is likely flooded.
When you don’t see obvious standing water over the area, check the water level with a probe, or use an auger to dig down into the soil. Choose a spot that’s within 10 feet of the tank and 20 feet from the drain field.
If your tests show that the water is above the top of the septic tank, stop using the tank. If the water level is at least 3 feet below your septic tank, you can use the system sparingly until the water table falls.
2. Wait to Pump Until the Ground Dries
Call UAESTC septic pumping professional when you suspect your system is flooded, but be aware that you must wait until the ground is less saturated to have your tank pumped. If you don’t wait, mud and silt can enter the tank and drain field and make your septic problems worse.
A septic tank may also float out of place if it’s pumped while the ground is flooded. This can damage inlet and outlet pipes.
Your system does need to be pumped as soon as possible after the water table is lowered. Before this happens, don’t drive any machinery near the septic area to avoid compressing the soil.
3. Reduce Water Sent Down the Drain
In the average home, each person sends 70 gallons of water down the drain per day. Until the groundwater level is below your septic tank, you must limit the amount of water you use to reduce the amount of water flowing into the already ailing system.
First, check all of your fixtures for leaks. A toilet with a faulty flapper or fill mechanism may leak up to 200 gallons per day of water that your flooded septic system doesn’t need.
Other tips to keep water out of the drains include:
- Prepare no-cook meals like sandwiches
- Use paper plates, paper cups, and disposable flatware
- Take short showers instead of baths
- Save rinse water and use on plants
- Flush the toilet only when necessary
Your clothes washing machine dumps many gallons of water into your septic system if the machine drains into your main septic line. Wash clothes at the laundromat until the water table drops. If you must use the washing machine, wash only small loads and wait a few hours between loads.
4. Make Changes to Help Your Newly Pumped Septic System
After your septic tank is pumped and your home drainage system is in working order, make some changes to your system to reduce problems with flooding in the future. Have a backflow preventer placed in your system. The backflow preventer keeps waste water out of your home during septic emergencies.
Change out fixtures including shower heads, faucets, and toilets to new, low-flow fixtures that use less water. Also, make certain your yard’s storm drainage does not flow into your septic field and tank area. You want to divert the water to another section of your property.