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What To Do If Your Septic Tank Overflows?

Posted on: Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022

Septic systems are often overlooked as they are underground. It can have a longer shelf life if regularly inspected. However, if you see constant overflow in your tank, it is a sign that it is malfunctioning.

Septic systems are designed to hold a large amount of waste, but they have limitations. An overflowing septic tank can be a nuisance and unfortunately, most people resort to calling a professional plumber to help them solve the crisis as quickly as possible. However, you can prevent septic tank overflow by being cautious with your everyday water consumption, watching what items you dump into the tank, regularly inspecting the tank, and generally understanding how your septic tank works. You can avoid costly septic repairs if you regularly inspect the septic tank.

What’s the first thing you need to do when you suspect a septic tank overflow?

Although it may feel like you have a messy situation at hand, there are some measures you can take immediately to make sure the problem does not get any worse.

#1 Reduce Water Consumption

To stop the overflow, one must turn off water taps throughout the house. The more water you flush into your septic tank while it’s in this condition, the more it is going to overflow. Moreover, by completely stopping the water flow, you may be able to recognize the problem better. 

#2 Inspect Your Septic Tank

It is critical to determine whether your drainfield is clogged and backing up, or if it is flowing normally. If it’s backing up, there could be a clog that needs to be cleared. Check your tank as well; if it’s full, something is obstructing drainage into the drainfield. Inspecting your tank may help you find the cause of the problem.

#3 Call An Expert

If your septic tank is still overflowing after inspection, then you should call a professional for pumping and cleaning. If neglected, there may be a chance that your septic tank needs to be replaced, which will drain your pockets.

Now that the water overflow situation is under control, it’s time to dig a little deeper to understand,

The Causes Behind The Overflowing Of Your Septic Tank.

#1 High Water Usage

If you use more water than you need to, your septic tank might be nearing capacity. This typically occurs when there are guests over, and a lot of people are using showers. Your septic tank cannot hold excess water that exceeds its capacity; hence it results in an overflow.

#2 Heavy Rainfall

When excess water penetrates the drain field due to heavy rainfall, it oversaturates the ground around. Your property and the neighborhood may suffer from significant overflow and blockages caused by an oversaturated drainage field.

#3 Irregular Inspection & Maintenance

Your septic tank also needs regular inspections and maintenance. As the septic tanks are hydraulic containers and are always full, your septic tank may show signs of overflow or malfunction. To prevent this, do a regular inspection of your septic system.

#4 Using Chemical Cleaners

Chemical cleaners may seem an easy fix to clean your septic tank, however, they destroy the good bacteria present in the septic tank, making it hard to break down sludge, which ultimately leads to blockage of the septic tank. 

Avoid using chemical cleaners to clean your septic tank; instead, opt for an organic cleaner like Bioclean Septic that kills toxic pathogens and protects the inner lining of the drainage pipes by flourishing the growth of healthy microbes. 

So How Do We Fix This?

Now that you have understood the causes, let’s see what you can do to fix this problem.

Regular Inspections

Septic tank owners must conduct routine inspections to look for overflow indications. Create a checklist for your septic tank and record all the alterations and red flags that occur.

Don’t Treat Your Septic Tank As A Trash Bin

Avoid dumping inorganic items like nappies, plastic, paper towels, sanitary products, razorblades, etc., as they choke up your septic tank and clog your drain pipes.

Maintain Landscaping

You should also be careful with tree plantations near your septic system because the roots may burst the drain pipe that is attached to your tank. This causes water to seep onto the ground, creating moisture close to your septic tank.

Avoid Parking

Don’t park any heavy vehicles above or near your septic tank. Any weight could compact the soil and damage the system. This can hinder drainage and harm the pipes. Your system will overflow if there is not enough drainage.

Use The Right Cleaner

Chemical cleaners are not always the solution to a septic issue. To clean your septic tank, avoid using chemical cleaners; instead, use the right cleaner like Bioclean Septic, which promotes the growth of good microbes present in the septic tank and inhibits the spread of disease-carrying bacteria. Our experts at Organica Biotech have developed this natural formulation to prevent septic tank overflow, break down the sludge buildup, and help your septic tank function smoothly. 

The septic system is an important component of your home’s plumbing system. When it fails, your toilets won’t flush, and your yard will be covered in a foul mess. A well-maintained septic system can help you avoid these unpleasant situations and keep your space a happy and healthy one!


Dr. Anuja Kenekar is lead scientist at the Inventions and Innovations Department at Organica Biotech, with over a decade of research experience. She believes that harnessing the power of science and communication can solve the greatest challenges humanity faces today.


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