What is a Septic Backup?
A septic system backup occurs when wastewater does not properly flow from the home into the septic tank. It could be from a blockage or because your septic tank is overwhelmed. Causes range from clogs from septic unfriendly materials, to heavy rains saturating the drain field, to water usage from home, to an aging system, and more.
This backup leads to water and waste finding any exit they can — into your sinks, toilets, or drains within the house. As you can imagine, it’s not the most pleasant experience and does pose some health risks.
It’s important to be ready to spring into action to mitigate risk and damage (and stress).
Handling a Septic Backup
Recognize the Signs
Typically, a backup doesn’t come out of nowhere. This means you can catch the early signs before finding smelly puddles in your home.
Early signs of a backup include:
- Slow drainage in sinks and toilets.
- Gurgling sounds from drains.
- Foul odors in and around the house.
- Sewage backup in lower areas like basements.
Stop Flushing and Draining
If you suspect a septic system backup, refrain from flushing toilets or draining sinks and appliances. Using water with a compromised system can exacerbate the issue and worsen the blockage. Minimizing water usage will help prevent additional strain on the septic system.
This is especially important when a large storm causes a septic backup. Give your drain field time to dry out before loading more water into the system (including your laundry and showers).
Locate the Septic Tank and Drain Field
Familiarize yourself with the location of your septic tank and drain field beforehand. This knowledge will prove invaluable during an emergency.
For Central Florida homeowners, check your side and back yards or areas with a large patch of grass. Knowing where these components are located will assist professionals in finding and addressing the problem more efficiently.
Call a Professional
In the event of a septic system backup, contacting a licensed septic system professional is crucial. Fixing the issue without the necessary expertise can lead to further damage and complications.
Advanced Septic Services of Florida has proudly served Central Florida since 1999. We know the area and soil and are ready to help! Contact us today at 352-242-6100.
Evacuate Affected Areas
If wastewater has backed up into your home, evacuating the affected areas is essential to prevent potential health risks. Avoid direct contact with sewage and contaminated water, and keep children and pets away from the affected areas until the issue is resolved.
We are Here to Help with Your Septic Emergencies
Septic system emergencies, such as backups, can be challenging, especially in Central Florida, where weather conditions can impact your septic.
Recognizing the signs of a backup, limiting water usage, and contacting a professional are essential steps to take in a septic system emergency. Remember that a well-maintained septic system is vital in preventing crises. Regular inspections and proper maintenance are crucial for ensuring its longevity and effectiveness.