Rain, Flooding, and Septic Tanks

Flooded BasementWith all the rain we had last week I wouldn’t be surprised if a number of people were facing what they thought was a plumbing problem. In reality, perceived plumbing issues may have actually been the result of a saturated septic tank. Excessively heavy rain can saturate a septic tank with water, leaving the sewage nowhere else to go but back into your house.

Can Too Much Rain Flood Your Septic Tank?

YES, In times of heavy rainfall your septic tank can behave as if it were full and needs to be pumped out. …

If you think your drains might be clogged but none of the ordinary methods of drain clearing are effective, than you probably have a bigger problem going on. A flooded basement would be bad enough, but a flood from a septic tank is unimaginably horrendous. Here are some tips for ensuring that this does not happen:

Basement Flooding: Sewer Backup – A Guide to Floodproofing Your Basement

Often basement flooding is caused by two sewer systems being interconnected. Some houses have downspouts, footing drain, and/or the sump pump connected to the sanitary sewer service. …

If you ever think your septic system is having trouble, it is always a good idea to severely limit water use for a few days and see if it clears up. A few days of inconvenience is a small price to pay if it saves you from a flood.


Rachel is a graduate from Grove City College, where she studied Communications, English, and Theatre. She currently has a plethora of unrelated jobs, of which blogging from the comfort of her bedroom is one.

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