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How Flooding Impacts Your Septic System

Michigan has seen higher than average water levels for quite some time – but even more so with the recent rain fall and flooding throughout the state. We have seen home and business owners with private septic systems and drain fields experiencing tremendous problems as the excess water overwhelms and further damages already failing systems.

In the past few weeks, we have had a huge influx of inquiries and interest in our restoration process as water levels continue to grow and systems cannot keep up. Typically flooding by itself will not cause a septic system or drain field to fail – but flooding most assuredly will exacerbate already existing issues.  A system which is already struggling to handle a normal household or business’ usage, and then must take on even more water brought on by flooding can cause the system to fail very quickly.

If you think your system is having trouble – look for some of these key indicators that your system might be failing or has already failed:

  • Standing water on top of the ground above the drain field (even after rain/flood water has receded)

  • Back ups into your home or business

  • Gurgling sounds coming from your pipes

  • Your septic tank fills back up quickly after being pumped out

In addition to watching out for these signs.  EGLE (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy) has created an extremely helpful document which contains information about how to best approach septic systems in preparation of and after flooding has occurred.  Click here to learn more!

If you have concerns about your system, are facing issues as a result of flooding, or have general questions about our Drainfield Restoration or Replacement services – give us a call! We would love to talk with you about how we can help.


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