While you can’t control the weather, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your septic system during extremely rainy weather. Drainfields are designed to handle your wastewater but during extremely wet weather, excess water can puddle over the the septic tank and keep water from flowing out into the soil. A boggy drainfield is natural after heavy rains, but keep an eye for water receding and drying out after the rain is over. Consistent bogginess and odor may mean septic problems. This is especially true for older systems.
What can you do? Divert the rainwater away from your septic tank and drainfield through your gutters and drainspouts. Checking your home for leaky toilets and faucets can keep less water out of your septic system. Also reducing your water usage inside the home can help. Shorten your showers and space out your laundry loads or try to put off doing laundry during the extremely wet weather.
Septic maintenance can also help. Regularly maintaining your septic system and pumping on your tank on a regular basis can be the key to keeping your system healthy and running properly through any weather. Septic Preservation Services offers a great maintenance program. Call them with any questions or to get on a maintenance schedule at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com