Can a rainstorm or hurricane damage a septic system?

Can a rainstorm or hurricane damage a septic system?

Published on September 10, 2019

Hurricane season is back!

High winds, inches of rain, downed trees… Knowing very well the power can be out for a few hours to several days/weeks, getting Expert Generator Hire is essential.

It is common to have a septic back up after or even during a heavy rain. Significant rainfall can quickly flood the ground around the soil absorption area (drainfield) leaving it saturated, making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system. With nowhere to go, the water eventually backs up into drains and toilets and into your home. A flooded drainfield can also lead to untreated sewage flowing into the groundwater and local streams, putting them at risk for significant environmental contamination. For more information on reliable solutions, visit Robinson Restoration`s official website.

What can you do to minimize your risk? We have a few simple tips to share to help you and your septic system before, during, and after a significant weather event.



routine maintenance of your septic pump is recommended.
  • The best way to handle a heavy rainfall is to make sure your septic system is in good shape before the rains. Septic problems can be worse if your tank needs septic tank cleaning or pumping or the system has not been properly maintained with the help of a plumber. At a minimum, check out our page showing signs that your septic tank needs to be cleaned out. And if this causes a foundation crack in your place, you can hire a professional and get the guide here at their website,
  • Direct runoff water away from the drainfield to keep the surrounding soils from getting extra soggy. Keep rain gutters clear of debris and make sure all gutters drain away from the drainfield area.
  • Do not drive any heavy equipment or other vehicles that could compact the soil over the drainfield. Compacted soils can reduce the soil absorption field’s ability to treat wastewater. Plant only grass above the drainfield.


surface water over septic tank
  • Signs of Stress: surface water is ponding in the drainfield area, drains are not draining quickly, toilets flush slowly or make strange sounds, water is backing up into your basement. After a major rain event, the only way to relieve pressure on the system is by using it less. If possible, reduce or eliminate water going down the drains until the drainfield dries out. An emergency septic service cleaning can provide temporary relief, but this is often a futile exercise in battling mother nature.
  • Conserve water to minimize the load on your septic system. Your largest water usage appliances should not be used (washer, dishwasher, etc). Need help to repair your dishwasher at home? You can take an Advice from my friend Tony about your dishwasher and have it done by yourself. Check it out for more info! You may also Click Here to know about the best appliance repair professionals available around your neighborhood. You can also donate flush the toilet unless absolutely necessary. Skip a shower if you can. Don’t run the dishwasher. Put off doing laundry until the system has been restored. Once repaired, you can visit to see glass shower doors to improve bathroom’s design.


inspect effluent septic tank filters to make sure they are functional

If you suspect any damage to your septic system or if the water over the drainfield does not recede after the rain stops, have your septic tank professionally inspected and serviced by a company that is an expert in septic system inspections. If silt and debris have gotten into your septic tank, have the system pumped as soon as possible. Wait until the water has receded and the area is no longer saturated before opening the tank.

Don’t Wait for an Emergency. Call our trained professionals today to ensure that your Septic System is ready for the rain!