Can Heavy Rain Affect My Septic System?

Oct 04, 2022

Can Heavy Rain Affect My Septic System?

The heavy rain season can be hard on your septic system, more so if you’ve not put measures in place to prevent the adverse effects of too much rain.

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The following are some of the ways heavy rain can affect your septic system.

Ground Flooding

During the rainy season, heavy rain can oversaturate the soil around your septic tank, causing your tank to flood. You’ll know your septic tank is flooded by heavy rain if you notice pools of water forming around the drainfield, slow drains, odors, sewer backup, trouble flushing toilets, and gurgling sounds in your pipes. If your septic tank is flooded after heavy rains, you may need to schedule septic tank pumping to restore it to good working order. When it’s time to pump out your septic tank, call Septic Blue of Charlotte to get the job done. It’s also a good idea to keep up with regular septic tank maintenance, so that your septic tank can stand up to the threats of heavy rain.

Clogged Drainfield

Heavy rain can flood the drainfield, rendering it unable to absorb wastewater properly. When the drainfield is oversaturated, the wastewater released into the drainfield won’t have anywhere to go, and it will eventually back up into your drains. A saturated drainfield can lead to effluent flowing into groundwater and nearby water sources, putting them at risk of significant environmental contamination. When your drainfield is saturated, you may notice that your drains are not draining quickly and wastewater backing is up into your drains. You can minimize stress on your drainfield during the rainy season by reducing water flow into your septic system. After the rainy season, have your drainfield inspected and serviced by a reputable septic company.

Tips to Protect Your Septic System During Heavy Rain

  • Direct rainwater runoff from the roofs and other places away from your septic tank and drainfield
  • Install septic tank risers and lids
  • Keep up with regular septic maintenance—a well maintained septic system is better able to withstand the stresses of heavy rains
  • Be mindful of what you flush down the toilet. You should only flush human waste, toilet paper, and wastewater down your toilet.
  • Do not park or drive vehicles or heavy machinery on the drainfield
  • Seal any possible points of entry into your septic tank
  • Keep trees away from your septic tank to avoid root damage
  • Make sure the baffle tees are installed correctly and free of debris

Call Septic Blue of Charlotte for All of Your Septic Needs

If you are looking for a professional septic company to help you with your septic needs, you can rely on Septic Blue of Charlotte to meet and even your expectations. Septic Blue of Charlotte is a full-service septic company that provides a wide range of septic services, including septic tank pumping, septic tank installation, septic tank cleaning, septic tank repair, drainfield repair, and more. Septic Blue of Charlotte proudly serves homeowners and businesses in Charlotte, Belmont, Concord, Fairview, Kannapolis, Cornelius, Huntersville, Monroe, Mint Hill, Matthews, and many more.