With all the recent rain we’ve had lately, it has caused havoc on septic systems around Orlando. Especially Sanford, where the flooding was so bad they had to close roads and warnings of flash floods. 

During times of heavy rainfall, the drain field for the septic system can become saturated and the septic tank will not drain properly. If this occurs the drains in your home may seem slow or even back up.

While water is still going into the septic system through flushing the toilet, taking showers, baths, and sinks, the water coming out has nowhere to go because the drain field is saturated. When this happens, the wastewater can travel back into the home, through the same toilets, bathtubs, and sinks. It also puts the ground water at risk for contamination.

The septic system’s drain field is similar to a drip irrigation system. Waste water leaves the home through pipes leading to the septic tank. The solid waste stays in the septic tank, eventually this needs to be pumped out. While the water leaves the tank through a main drain pipe which branches off into several perforated pipes. Seeping into the ground where waste water is cleaned by soil microbes. The drain field is the most expensive part of the structure and when it is compromised with waste has to be dug up and replaced.

What you can do to protect your investment?

Make sure your septic system is in tip top shape before our torrential downpours begin. All that water only intensifies any problems.

Make sure the gutters and water runoff is directed away from the drain field and surrounding soil.

Don’t dive vehicles or heavy equipment over the drain field. Compacting the soil reduces the soil’s ability to absorb water.

During times of heavy rain, conserve water to minimize stress on the septic system.

If you notice your toilets making gurgling sounds, slow drains, or foul odors, contact Orlando Septic Service.