One of the last things on your mind after flood waters have receded is your septic system. With so many other things to worry about, the septic system can quickly fall to the bottom of your to-do list, but it really needs to remain one of your top priorities. Below, you will find information that will help you prevent further complications with your septic system and protect you and your family from the potential hazards of exposure to the raw sewage stored in your septic system.
Secure the Tank's Cover
The first thing to check is the easiest and one of the most important – secure the tank's cover. The flood waters may have caused the tank cover to shift out of position. This will leave an open hole for a person or pet to fall into.
Wait to Use the Septic System
Even though the flood waters have gone down enough for you to get back into your house, it doesn't mean that you can flush your toilets or run water down the drains. Before you can use your septic system, the water in the absorption field must be gone. If you attempt to use a septic system when the absorption field is still saturated, the water will have nowhere to go and could back up into your home.
Inspect the System
It is always a good idea to have a professional inspect your septic system following a flood. This is especially true if the system won't accept water into them or if the ground has settled in the area around the tank, absorption field or leech bed. Sometimes, the flood waters can fill the pump chambers and tanks with debris that needs to be removed before the system can be used. A professional inspection will help to identify these problems before you clog the system or blow up your pump.
Have the Tank Pumped
The holding tank should be pumped out after a flood. This will help to remove the debris that has been washed into the tank by the flood waters. Another reason for pumping the tank out is because it gives you better control of the bacteria levels in the tank. If the bacteria levels aren't just right, the solids will not be broken down and your system will fail.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact AAA Cesspool & Rooter Service or a similar company.
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