Septic systems require specific maintenance to keep them up and running. Like any other system, there are issues that can go wrong with your septic system and tank. However, many homeowners don’t know how to distinguish between a problem that needs a scheduled fix and an emergency that needs immediate attention. For this reason, we’ve broken down the top signs of septic system emergencies and what you should do about them.
Signs of an Emergency
Backed Up Drains and Toilets
If your drains aren’t draining properly and your toilet won’t flush, your septic tank has a problem. When your drains are backed up with raw sewage, it’s a sign of an emergency. When your drains are filled with sewage, a bad odor will be emitted into your home that can be toxic. It’s important to get this backup taken care of right away to avoid any harm to residents of your home.
Flooded Drain Field
If an excess of water is pooling in your drain field, there is overflow or blockage in your tank. Raw sewage can spill into your drain field in these scenarios or in the case of a leak. Raw sewage can be extremely toxic and cause damage to your property. When sewage floods your drain field, it’s important to get it taken care of immediately to prevent damage to your property and your system.
Nitrate Concentration in Water
When you have a well, it’s important to get your well water tested frequently. If high levels of nitrates are detected in your well water test, it’s an indication that your septic system is overly full. The sewage overflow can leach into the soil and groundwater, making your water toxic. It’s important to handle this emergency right away to prevent the residents of your home from drinking contaminated water.
In some more advanced septic systems, there are alarms to alert you of any problems. During a leak in the tank or a clog in the line, the alarm can go off. If there is an emergency, you will hear your septic alarm go off. When this happens, it’s time to contact emergency septic system services.
What to Do
Contact a Company With 24 Hour Emergency Services
It’s important to choose a septic company that offers 24 hour emergency services. This is especially important when you notice high water levels in your tank or smell foul odors around your drainfield. When an emergency happens, you don’t want to waste time scrambling to find a company to fix the issue. Rushing in an emergency can lead to over paying or poor installation. If the job is done wrong, it could end up costing you so much more in repairs, not to mention added frustration. Additionally, when an emergency happens, you’ll want a company that can do it all. That way once the repairs are over, you won’t have to be stuck with the damaging cleanup yourself.
Clean The Damage As Soon As Possible
To prevent health and safety risks, be sure to clean any water damage or waste that can result from a septic tank emergency. If waste has backed up into your home, clean up the mess as soon as possible. Disinfect floors and other affected surfaces with the right cleaning solution to avoid health issues. If you are not sure how or don’t have the needed tools to clean the waste on your own, it’s important to hire a professional septic company.
Untreated sewage is a health hazard and can cause many diseases. Did you know these health hazards can also seep into nearby bodies of water? Once this harmful sewage enters the groundwater, you and your neighbors' wells can be contaminated. Even worse, if this sewage reaches nearby streams or rivers, those areas also become infected, which can harm the public.
Inspect The Drainfield
The soil absorption field may be affected if your septic system backs up. Look over the area carefully for signs of erosion damage; those areas can be renewed or sodded over to protect your system after the septic tank failure has been resolved. However, with a certified and licensed septic company, they’ll offer to not only repair and clean up after a septic failure but also undergo an inspection of the system as well.
ADB Septic | CT Septic System Emergencies
A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, drains, and more.
Our business is committed to meeting your needs and completing your job with the utmost professionalism and precision. We put your satisfaction, safety, and comfort at the forefront of our priority list. When you hire us, you can achieve complete peace of mind.
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