Finding Solutions for Your Septic Tank Problems

Forgot To Empty Your Septic Tank? Confine The Mess With These Tips

by Senanur Norder

If raw sewage seeps into your yard because you forgot to empty your septic tank on time, you may still have time to prevent a huge disaster. You should empty your septic tank every 1-3 years, depending on whether or not you have a garbage disposal. If you don't keep up with your septic pumping schedule, the tank can overflow into your drain field. Until your contractor arrives to clean up the mess, here are things you can do now to contain it.

Block Off the Area

The first thing you need to do is block off the contaminated area with large cones, wire fencing or some other sturdy device. Septic tank water contains numerous bacteria, parasites and other contaminates that can harm your family and pets.

The organisms enter your body through the nose, mouth and eyes and cause a host of health problems, including vomiting, headaches and diarrhea. Small children and pets may wonder over to the area and become infected with germs. Placing a strong barrier around the mess gives you a chance to confine it with fill dirt and keep your loved ones safe.

Use Fill Dirt to Confine the Contaminated Water and Sewage

You can find fill dirt several feet below the topsoil and grass. The dirt is called subsoil because it contains rocks, minerals and other types of inorganic matter that may help you protect your home from water damage.

Building contractors use fill dirt to secure unstable foundations, create barriers around water spills, and lift up uneven landscaping. Because of these unique benefits, you can use fill dirt to prevent sewage and water from traveling to other areas of your property.

To use your fill dirt effectively, follow the steps below:

  • Use a large shovel to remove the top layers of soil and grass until you see light to medium brown or orange dirt 
  • Fill several large buckets with dirt
  • Use the shovel to create a 2- to 6-inch high wall several feet in front of the sewage and water
  • Repeat these steps until you contain or block off the sewage and water in every location that threatens to flow toward your home or other structures

If possible, place old blankets, towels and other items over the water to help soak it up. You want to keep as much contaminated water out of your landscape, grass and topsoil as you can. You can discard the soiled items in large plastic bags when the septic cleaning and pumping contractors arrive.

If you have concerns about your septic tank or the mess it created, contact your contractor immediately.

For professional septic tank services, contact a company such as Elliott's Septic Service.

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