Septic Tanks And Floods: Two Things You Need To Know Before Summer Storms Arrive

Queensland is a popular place to live due to its beautiful coastal beaches and overall warm climate. However, Queensland is also well known for extreme weather during the annual summer storms. As the new owner of a Queensland property that contains a septic tank, you need to know how the flooding from these storms can affect both your health and your property. Become septic tank wise before the summer arrives, so you can keep your family safe from any danger.

Septic Tank Care After Flooding

The main problem with septic tanks after heavy rainfall is the amount of water that is now in the soil around the tank. The septic tank contains three layers within it, which are scum, clear water, and sludge. As fresh wastewater enters the tank from your home, it pushes the middle layer of clear water through the out pipe and into the drain field. However, when the soil of the drain field is already saturated from flood waters, the water being pushed out of the septic tank doesn’t have anywhere to go. When your septic tank has been exposed to heavy rainfall, there are two things you must do:

  1. Limit the amount of new toilet waste that enters the tank until the soil has a chance to dry out. One way you can do this is to use a bucket for urination, and only use the toilet for faeces collection. Urine is a great fertilizer for your garden, so you could put the collection bucket to good use.
  2. Have the tank inspected by a company like Earthsafe Services Pty Ltd as soon as possible after the flood waters have receded. If the tank is filled with silt, the bottom sludge level will be too high to accept further wastewater. In this situation the tank needs to be pumped out to lower the sludge level.

Human Heath Care After Flooding

The other main problem that comes after flooding is the possibility of ground contamination, making you and your family sick. When the drain field area cannot soak up water exiting the septic tank, that water may move up to the ground surface. Additionally, if the tank is filled with silt, solid waste could end up on the ground surface too.

Coming into contact with this contamination could cause diarrhoea, fever, and other illnesses due to the bacteria that present. It is vitally important that every family member is aware to not only avoid the polluted area, but that they also follow strict hygiene and wash their hands often.

Being aware of how floods can affect your septic tank means you will be prepared if this situation takes place on your property. Be vigilant during this storm season so you know what to do when the storm clouds open.