April Showers Can Bring Septic System Backups to Torrington Homes
April showers bring May flowers however here in the Litchfield area, heavy rains can be rough on a home's septic system. On days like today, when rain is falling onto already wet ground, septic problems can be common.
When there is great deal of rain, the drain field in your yard can become saturated and stop the water from flowing out of your septic system as designed. Because the water has no exit point, it can eventually make its way back into your home. The waste water can travel back through the pipes and through your drains and toilets, causing an overflow. If you have sewage backup through one of your drains, that is a clear sign that your septic system is malfunctioning.
Other signs of a failing septic tank are:
- A Foul Odor: A clear sign that your septic tank needs inspection is the presence of odors in your house, outside near your septic tank or near the pipe ventilation system. We all know the smell of the methane gas escaping, similar to rotten eggs, so it's not hard to identify!
- Soggy Ground: Saturated areas around your septic tank may also indicate a problem. Excess moisture can be a sign that your tank is full or the drainage pipes are damaged.
- Slow Drainage: If you have a slow draining sink, tub or toilet, it is a warning sign that your septic system is malfunctioning.
- Gurgling Sounds: If you notice that there is a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet, that is a common sign of septic system failure.
- Contaminated Well Water: Well water tests that show results of high levels of nitrates or coliform bacteria are of concern, as they indicate that untreated sewage is seeping into the ground.
If you notice any of these signs in your home, we recommend that you call a septic system repair contractor to inspect your system and identify the cause. It could be a blocked line from tree roots, an improperly installed leach field, a clogged filter or a full septic tank that requires pumping. Having the problem repaired before it causes damage to your home is the goal!
In the event that there is already a backup at your home, call SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington at 203-267-6262. Sewage floodwaters contain harmful bacteria and pathogens that are dangerous and should be cleaned up by restoration professionals. The SERVPRO crew has the training and equipment to clean up and sanitize your home and belongings and make it "Like it never even happened."