Think of the people in the North East – first up to six feet of snow, followed by heavy rains this November. What a start to the winter and it isn’t even officially winter yet!

Heavy rains can cause damage to your septic system. Once the ground around your septic system becomes saturated the water from your home has no place to go and the end result may be drains not draining, toilets backing up or making noises like “burps” and the worst case scenario, standing water that may contain untreated sewage.

Though there is not a lot that you can do about the rain, there are some things that you can do to avoid damage to your septic system:

  • Make sure the gutters on your home drain away from the septic system
  • Plant grass above the septic system and nothing else
  • Make sure that the water around your system has some place to go – that it will run off and not toward the septic system
  • Make sure that your septic system is pumped every 3-5 years

With any luck and with some preparation you should not experience any of the issues with your septic system due to heavy rains.