4 Things to Do When Your Septic System Floods

Earlier this year, we talked about some of the reasons why your drain field might flood. As we get into the rainy season, it is important to know what to do if your drain field does flood. Here are four things you should do if your septic system floods this winter.

1. Stop Running Water Through Your Pipes

Until the water in the drain field has absorbed back into the ground, do not use your septic system. Running more water through your pipes will only increase the water level and add to the flooding.

2. Have Your Septic Tank Inspected

After flooding has occurred, your tank(s) should be inspected for water infiltration. Rainwater or groundwater infiltration into a septic system can lead to hydraulic overloading the drain field, which could then lead to visible drain field flooding.

3. Avoid Digging or Adding Soil

Do not dig up the flooded drain field or add more soil to it. Compacting dirt on top of the flooded area will reduce the drain field’s ability to absorb the water back into the ground. Driving or operating equipment in the area could also compact the soil and potentially damage the system.

4. Repair Erosion Damage

After the flood water has subsided, check the drain field area for erosion damage. If you notice sunken in areas, or spots without grass, it is important to sod or reseed those patches. Doing so will help improve the drain field’s absorption ability in the future.
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