Septic System Maintenance In The Rainy Season

12 Feb Septic System Maintenance In The Rainy Season

When there are heavy amounts of rainfall your Septic System can act as if it were full and needs to be pumped out. If there is a heavy rainfall, or any other source of water such as draining a swimming pool or when a sprinkler hose is left on for an extended period of time, the drain field area connected to a septic tank can saturate and the tank will not be able to drain properly. You may experience slow drains or water might even back up into your drains causing you to believe you have a clog.


If you were to hold one end of a pipe underwater and then try to run a hose into the other end, the pipe would simply fill up. This is how a flooded drain field can cause a problem. The waste water has nowhere to go but back up through the pipes. Your best course of action for a flooded septic tank is to drastically reduce your use of water in the house. Try to dirty as few dishes as possible. You may even want to take your laundry to the Laundromat or delay it a few days. You need to reduce or eliminate water going down the drains until the drain field dries out or you have called an expert to come and pump out your tank.

Here are 7 easy ways to keep your septic system in great shape.

  1. Know where it is: It may sound obvious, but it’s important to know your system’s location and have easy access to its tank and leaching bed. Avoid driving, parking, or building on or near any part of the system.
  2. Conserve water: If you’ve been to a cottage, you’ve probably seen a note along these lines: If it’s pee, let it be. If it’s brown, flush it down. Owners aren’t just being cute: Excessive water use overloads septic tanks and prevents solids from settling on the bottom. The solids get pushed into the leaching bed where they cannot be filtered out effectively. The clogged soil will not accept more water and backups can occur. To save water: Flush only when necessary, use a low-flow toilet, install high-efficiency taps and showerheads, tell guests to be conservative with their water use, run your dishwasher and washing machines less often, and fix any dripping taps.
  3. Flush organic only: If it isn’t human waste or toilet paper, don’t flush it. Flushing paper towels, disposable diapers and wipes, condoms, sanitary napkins, tampons, facial tissues, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, grease, kitty litter, and such will quickly fill your tank and clog the system. Even if a product’s packaging claims that it’s flush able, don’t.
  4. Seek biodegradable cleaners: Avoid using heavy-duty cleaners (especially those with bleach), toilet pucks, and antibacterial soaps. These products kill the bacteria that keep the system running effectively.
  5. Avoid chemicals: Never put paints, solvents, pesticides, gasoline, or other toxic chemicals in your system. Don’t flush old medication either. Not only will these kill the beneficial bacteria.
  6. Keep trees and shrubs away: The roots of trees, especially species such as willows and poplars.
  7. A good industry standard is to have your septic pump and inspected every three years, by a certified technician. To schedule your service or speak with a specialist call us today at   253-268-0322  or visit us at



Septic Tank Pumping:

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Drain Cleaning:

Vac-Tec Septic & Water LLC.

11603 Canyon RD. E

Puyallup, WA 98373

PH: (253) 268-0322


To speak to a professional about your system call us at (253) 268-0322 or visit us at

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