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How to Handle a Septic System Emergency
How to Handle a Septic System Emergency

How to Handle a Septic System Emergency

Although a septic system plays an essential role in homes and properties that are not connected to municipal sewer systems, just like anything else, it can run into problems. If it’s maintained properly, a septic system can provide you with reliable service for years and years. However, emergencies happen. Septic system emergencies need to be addressed right away to prevent problems such as household water contamination, water damage, and more. When you have a septic system emergency, the important thing is not to panic and call a reliable septic service company.

What Is Considered a Septic System Emergency

The following are some of the common septic system emergencies and how to handle them. 

  • Overflowing Toilets

An overflowing toilet is commonly caused by a blocked drain, an improperly adjusted float, and a blocked vent pipe. If the problem is caused by a blocked drain, you can try unclogging it using a plunger. Simply insert the flange directly into the drain hole and push the plunger up and down. If the plunger doesn’t solve the problem, use a toilet auger to snag the clog within the drain. If these methods fail to do the trick, call a septic service company to fix the problem.

  • Sewage Backup

Sewage can back up into your home when your drain lines are blocked. If a sewage backup causes flooding in your home, turn off electrical power and wear protective clothing before walking through sewage water. Be sure to call a septic company as soon as possible to prevent water source contamination, water damage, and property damage. 

  • Overflowing Septic Tank

A structural or functional problem in a septic tank or drainfield pipes can cause the septic tank to overflow. Once your septic tank starts to overflow, call a septic company right away and have the problem fixed. You can reduce the chances of your septic tank overflowing by keeping up with septic system maintenance and knowing what not to flush down the drains. 

  • Slow Water Draining in Multiple Fixtures

Slow drains are an indication that there’s a clog somewhere in your drain lines that’s preventing water from flowing freely. You can use a plunger to dislodge the clog, but it fails to do the trick, seek help from a nearby septic company.

  • A Damaged Sewer Pipe

Your sewer lines can get damaged due to normal wear and tear, corrosion, foundation shifting, and more. A damaged sewer pipe can lead to water damage, unpleasant odors inside your home, pest infestation, and many other problems. You should never attempt to repair damaged sewer pipes if you don’t know what you’re doing. Sewer pipe repair is best left to a septic service company.

Other septic system emergencies you can experience include wastewater in the yard, awful smell coming out of your drains, drainfield pooling, and water source contamination.

Have A Septic System Emergency? Call Rooter Septic Service Today

When you have a septic system emergency, there's no time to waste. The longer you leave the problem unaddressed, the more damage you'll have to deal with. If you're looking for a dependable septic company to help you fix a septic system emergency, look no further than Rooter Septic Service. We provide a wide range of septic services, including septic tank pumping and septic tank repair.