Septic system back up is not just a domestic inconvenience; it is also a serious health hazard. Here are some of the critical things to do if your septic system backs up.
Call a Septic Company
A backed-up septic system is an emergency; thus, the first thing is to call a septic company. Don't try to handle the backup on your own because you might fail, worsen the problem, or expose yourself to dangerous diseases. The septic company will send skilled personnel with protective gear to handle the issue.
Stay Away from the Flooding
Stay away from the house in case the flooding is serious; for example, if the entire floor is flooded with waste. This might be the case if the flooding occurs while you are away and you get back to find your house flooded with waste. Apart from the risk of exposure to the germ-filled waste, entering such a house also exposes you to the risk of electrical shock. Therefore, ensure everyone, including pets, stay away from the house.
Open Doors and Windows
It might take some time for the septic company depending on how far they are from you. In the meantime, if the backup is still minimal and confined to the bathroom area, open up the windows and doors to air the house. Opening the windows and doors improves air circulation and reduces the indoor smell and humidity. It also helps to dry up parts of the house that might have been contaminated by the liquid wastes.
Don't Send More Waste into the System
Even if the flooding is still minimal, you should avoid sending more wastes into the septic system. This means you shouldn't use the toilet or any water fixtures or appliances, such as kitchen sinks or dishwashers, which might send more water down the drain. Sending more wastes into the septic system will only worsen the flooding.
Protect Uncontaminated Items
If the septic waste seems to be spreading, but it has not affected all the floors, remove the uncontaminated items from the house to protect them. Anything that has been contaminated should stay in the house so that they don't spread the wastes to other areas.
Switch Off Electrical Power
The liquid waste will create an electrical hazard if it comes into contact with electrical wiring or appliance in your house. Thus, if the waste hasn't spread and it is still safe to turn off the power, switch off the power to the affected areas to minimize the electrical danger.
For more information, contact a septic system pumping service.