November 9, 2022
Storms can cause problems with septic tank systems
Cynthia Leckey, EH Director
Viera, FL – After a storm, your septic tank system may not function properly. If you have a sewage system with any type of metering pump, aerator, or grinder pump, it will not function properly without power. Avoid using water in your home as much as possible until power is restored. When the septic tank system isn’t working properly, it can cause sewage backlog in your home. If the yard gets flooded with contaminated water, remember that you and your pets can track the contaminated material into your home or vehicles, causing additional contamination problems.
- Do not enter flood water as it may be contaminated. If you must enter flooded areas, it is best to use high waterproof boots or waders to keep your body dry and clean.
- If you live in a low-lying or flood-prone area, heavy rains can saturate the ground. Limit water use to prevent sewage from backing up into your home.
What should I do if sewage gets back into my home?
- If your home has a sewage backlog, keep everyone away from the affected areas.
- If your entire home is saturated, vacate the home until all affected areas, including but not limited to carpets, rugs, drywall, and baseboards, have been removed or thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
- If you clean up areas affected by sewage backlog yourself, wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and waterproof gloves.
- Clean walls, hard floors, and other household surfaces with soap and water, followed by a sanitizing solution of 1/4 cup bleach in a gallon of water.
- If sewage has spilled into open areas or streets, everyone, including your pets, should avoid those areas.
- If you are having problems in areas served by public sewage systems, please contact your utility company to ensure they are aware of these problems.
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