What to Do if Your Septic System Backs Up
Having your septic system clog and flood is one of the worst plumbing scenarios imaginable. Needless to say, the result of a septic tank backing up is a smelly, disgusting mess that can become expensive to clean up.
What to Do if it Happens
The first rule of dealing with a septic system backup is to never try to clean it on your own. Not only is it chore that you definitely won’t want to undertake on your own, it can be dangerous.
Septic waste is considered an environmental hazard. If not cleaned up and disposed of properly, it can be dangerous to your health and that of the environment.
The First Steps
First things first, you should always contact a septic services company immediately to begin cleanup. Whether the mess is outdoor or is right in your basement, you want to start the cleanup process right away.
Because septic waste contains pathogens that can be harmful, you should make sure to keep your family members and any pets clear of the mess.
After the Cleanup
The septic company that you call will make sure to fix the issues and clean the area as best as possible, but if you still feel that you want to clean the area again, you can create a mixture of 90% water and 10% bleach. This will help disinfect any areas of objects that came into contact with the septic waste.* After cleaning, you can help the area dry and ventilate for at least 24 hours using fans or heat lamps.
*Make sure you always wear proper safety equipment (gloves, a mask, goggles, etc.) while cleaning!
The Best Way to Prevent Septic System Issues
There are several things that you can do to prevent septic system backups, including:
- Avoiding flushing certain items down the drain, such as grease, cat litter and certain hazardous chemicals.
- Recognize the signs that your septic system needs repair (odors, wet landscaping, etc.)
- Schedule routine septic tank pumping and other services
Get an Appointment Today
The best way to deal with any septic issue is to prevent it from happening altogether. This is why septic maintenance and cleaning is so important for every homeowner. The EPA recommends that you have your septic system pumped at least every three to five years, and more often if it is heavily used. To schedule an appointment to have your septic system pumped, contact AAA Wastewater today.