Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
You might think that because your septic tank is underground, it can't be damaged by seasonal floods. Unfortunately, that's not actually true. In fact, seasonal floods can seriously damage your entire septic system. If your yard is under water from recent floods, there are some steps you need to take to protect your septic system. Here are four of the steps you should take.
Limit Your Water Usage
If your yard has been flooded, there's a good chance that the soil around your septic tank is saturated. If that's happened, the water may start leaking into the tank. This is particularly true if the clean-out traps located around your home are under water. Your tanks may be filled with flood water. To prevent further inundation, give your septic tank a chance to dry out. Limit the amount of water you send through to the septic by using the following suggestions:
Be Prepared For Sewage Back-Ups
Occasionally, the flood water can continue to soak into the septic tank, which could cause it to become over-filled. Once that happens, you'll have to watch out for sewage back-ups. Look for raw sewage in your bathtubs or around your toilets. Pay particular attention to those areas if you start smelling sewage odors in your home, or your toilets begin to gurgle.
Don't Have Your Septic Tank Emptied
Once your septic tank is filled with flood water, you may want to solve the problem by having it pumped. Unfortunately, that could actually cause more serious problems. If you have your tank pumped while the ground is saturated, it could dislodge from the ground and float to the surface. If that happens, you'll have to pay a contractor to reinstall your septic tank. Wait until the ground is thoroughly dried out before you have your septic tank pumped.
Schedule an Inspection
After the ground has dried out, you'll want to schedule a service call to have the septic tank pumped. You should schedule an inspection of the system at the same time. Your inspector will be able to determine if your system has sustained any damage that will need to be addressed.
If you've suffered a flood that covered your entire yard in water, you'll need to protect your septic tank. The suggestions provided here will help prevent septic problems after a flood. For more information, contact a company like B & B Drain Tech Inc.