Rainy season brings heavy rainfall to Florida, which can definitely affect your septic system.
The ground surrounding the septic drainfield absorbs the rain and becomes saturated, which then makes it difficult for your septic to drain properly. In the case of very heavy rainfall – or if a system has not been properly maintained – it can even cause the system to backup into the home through pipes and toilets.
Below are some things you can do to help keep your septic system running smoothly throughout rainy season.
BE PREPARED FOR RAINY SEASON
Prepare for rainy season by making sure your septic is properly maintained and in good shape before the rains start.
- Check septic covers and ports to make sure they are tightly sealed. If you see any areas of concern, have a professional inspect your system.
- If the tank is full, have it pumped.
- Direct water runoff from the rain gutters on your home so that it will drain away from the drainfield, and prevent water from pooling up.
- Do not drive or park anywhere on the drainfield or system, as it compacts the soil, and won’t allow as much water to be absorbed.
DURING RAINY SEASON
- When the ground is saturated from rainfall, use household water as little as possible.
- Remember that everything that goes down the drain empties into your septic system. If it is already overworked from heavy rain, it will not be able to accommodate additional flow from the home.
- Avoid taking long showers, washing dishes, or doing laundry until the drainfield has had a chance to dry out.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
- If you suspect damage, or if the water over the drainfield does not recede after the rain stops, your system may need to be serviced.
- Always keep children and animals out of flood waters, as they may be contaminated with untreated sewage.
- If you have a well, boil water to ensure that it is safe to drink.
- Avoid heavy water use for several days after a storm to allow your septic system to process the remaining rainwater.
- Do not open the septic tank until the area is no longer saturated and water has receded.
- If silt or debris have gotten into your tank, you will need to have it pumped as soon as possible.