Help! Why is My Septic Tank Overflowing, & What Do I Do?

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Alright, so your septic tank is overflowing into your yard, and you’re freaking out. Don’t panic, though! Close your eyes, and take a deep breath (without inhaling the smell, that is).

The First Thing You Should Do

The first thing you want to do is to stop using the water in your house. Make sure all of the faucets and showers are turned off and that nobody flushes the toilet.

Now that you’ve got out of the way, you can take an even deeper breath and assess the situation.

What’s Causing the Overflow?

In a nutshell, there could be one of three things causing your septic tank to overflow:

  1. There are too many people using your home’s water at the same time.
  2. There’s heavy rainfall making it overflow.
  3. Your septic system is leaking or clogged with something.

More specifically, if too many people are using the water at once, it can cause an overflow. This can be especially common during holiday vacations, where more people than usual are using the shower, the bathroom toilet, and the faucet than what would be typical. Likewise, heavy seasonal rainfalls can cause water to leak from your yard into the tank, which can overflow if there’s no room left.

Alternatively, your tank could be leaking, or even clogged because a) your tank hasn’t been pumped for a long time or b) the helpful bacteria that is naturally found in septic tanks, and that helps break down solids, has itself worn away.

What Can I Do to Fix the Problem?

That depends. If your Montgomery County septic system has been pumped in the last year or so, most likely you can bet on rainfall or too much water use being the culprit. If this is the case, we advise waiting it out for a short while; the problem should resolve itself in a few days, especially if you keep your water use to a minimum. If the situation does not resolve itself soon, a clog or leak may be to blame, in which case you should call your local septic service right away.

In the meantime, try to relax, and call Montgomery County’s leading septic installation crew today if you need any assistance!