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Apr 06, 2024

Septic Tank Care After Hurricanes

Even if you’ve never experienced a hurricane, you’ve probably heard of deadly hurricanes such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Maria. Hurricanes can take a heavy toll on your septic system in many ways. It’s important to take the necessary precautions to avoid septic system failure and many other problems.

In this article, Rooter Man Plumbing lists the 9 cautions you should take after hurricanes to keep your tank in top shape and keep your family safe.

Do not let children play in flooded areas

This may sound obvious, but it’s worth mentioning because some people may not be aware of the dangers of playing in flooded areas. Floodwater can be contaminated with sewage from overflowing septic tanks.

Consider emptying your septic tank after the hurricane

Hurricanes often bring heavy rain, which can overwhelm your septic system. The surge in water can quickly fill the septic tank, reducing its capacity to effectively treat wastewater. A full tank can lead to backups into your home or overflows into the drainfield. It’s advisable to schedule septic tank pumping and septic tank cleaning to remove the contents of the tank.

Limit your water use

A saturated septic tank won't be able to handle the usual amount of wastewater. It’s advisable to minimize showers, laundry, and dishwashing until the ground dries out and the tank recovers.

Watch for signs of a backed-up septic system

Hurricanes come with excessive rain, which can overload your drainfield and septic tank, resulting in sewage backup. It’s important to watch out for signs of a full septic tank and call a professional septic company for septic tank repair before things get out of hand.

Schedule a septic system inspection

Depending on the severity of the hurricane, it may be a good idea to schedule a comprehensive septic system inspection. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your septic system. Have your septic system inspected by a professional septic company. Septic experts can assess any damage from the storm and recommend any necessary repairs.

Avoid contact with septic system electrical devices

A hurricane can cause extensive septic system damage in its wake. You may be tempted to diagnose components powered by electricity, such as alarm systems and effluent pumps. This is a bad idea, as you could be electrocuted, not to mention the possibility of inhaling harmful septic gases.

Do not add chemicals to your septic tank

You may be tempted to use septic tank additives to improve the functionality of your septic system. While chemical additives are marketed as a quick fix for septic system problems, they can harm the bacteria that break down waste. Instead of using chemical additives, reach out to a professional septic company for guidance.

Avoid placing pressure on the system

This is a common mistake homeowners make, and they end up incurring huge expenses on drainfield repair and septic tank repair. Avoid driving or parking vehicles over your septic tank or drainfield, as the weight can damage them.

Keep gutters and downspouts pointed away from your septic tank and drainfield

Gutters and downspouts that drain directly onto the septic tank area can quickly fill the septic tank and saturate the drainfield.

Rooter Man Plumbing: The Go-To Septic Company

Is your septic system in disrepair, and you’re looking for a septic service company to make repairs? Is it time to replace your aging septic tank? Rooter Man Plumbing is one phone call away. Rooter Man Plumbing is here to help you keep your septic system in good working condition. We are renowned for providing top-quality services at fair prices. Whether you’re in need of septic tank installation or septic tank cleaning, we have the skills and experience to do a flawless job. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our septic technicians.


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