Rain, rain go away. Come again some….wait, no

IMG_0026Last week I posted about the rain and this week I’m going to talk a little more about it.  I know I may seem like a broken record, but this last year I have spent a LOT OF TIME talking to customers about their systems and the effects of Mother Nature in their functionality.  The memes I include today may be funny, but what rain and extra moisture can do to your septic system is definitely NOT a laughing matter.

If you are a faithful reader, you have heard this before, but water coming both inside the house and outside from Mother Nature plays a HUGE role in how your septic system functions.  Since October of 2018, the state of Nebraska has received MASSIVE totals of rainfall and snow.  Heck, we almost broke our snow fall record this year!  We are currently sitting at 10 inches over the normal rainfall totals for 2019.  That’s a LOT of moisture for the soil and though systems are designed to handle a lot from the outside forces of nature, there are always exceptions to the rule…say fall of 2018 to the fall of 2019…maybe even the winter of 2019-20? (If you believe in Farmer’s Almanac reports!)

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So, what can you do as a septic-living-homeowner when these crazy wet seasons occur?  Well, first off, just being mindful of your water usage is always a good idea when living on septic.  Here are some things you can do as a homeowner to help with the water running through or to your system:

1) Do loads of laundry throughout the week instead of all on one day.  This slows the amount of water you’re asking your soil to absorb.

2)  Reduce the length of shower time

3)  Reduce the number of times your water softner re-charges in a week

4)  Try not to run the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time

5)  Divert run-off water or downspouts AWAY from your lateral field

6)  Make sure you don’t have any “running” toilets or other possible water leaks in the house (sometimes whole-house humidifiers can cause a septic system grief too!)

All of these items help in the functionality of your system no matter what time of year it is, but ESPECIALLY during times of excessive precipitation.

Older systems tend to have more struggles with the huge amounts of rain and snow, but it’s always a good idea to be careful of water usage no matter what the age of the system.  When standing water or possible back ups occur, we can come pump your tank, but this will only relieve the situation for a while until the laterals have had a chance to dry out (when the back up or standing water is due to excessive weather conditions).  Our biggest problem this year has been being able to access the tank for customers.  When the ground is wet or soft, we politely refuse to get on fields or yards – we aren’t exactly a light vehicle when we arrive and we are heavier when we leave!  We can run hose some distance, but there have been tanks this year so far away we can’t always pump them – so if we can prevent these issues prematurely with careful water usage that is always a plus!

Hope you find this information helpful! Together we can survive whatever Mother Nature throws at us!

I’M HERE TO PUMP…YOU OUT!

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This article is timely given the last night’s rain and the wet forecast ahead….when we get sloppy seasons such as this, be mindful of your septic system and monitor your water usage!! Nebraska is one of those fortunate states that gets to experience all four seasons every year.  Our springs are typically cool and wet, summers hot and dry, crisp falls, and cold, snowy winters.  During any one of these seasons, we can experience extreme weather.  For instance, the fall of 2018 was extremely rainy and led into a winter that was very...

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I’m here to PUMP YOU OUT!

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I may be showing my age here, but any time I think “time to get pumped” I can’t help but lovingly think of  SNLs Hans and Franz and their motivational tag line….”We’re here to PUMP YOU UP!” So forgive my age and slightly off way of thinking…but I am here to “PUMP YOU — OUT!” On a more serious note, the best thing you can do for septic maintenance is have your tank pumped regularly.  It’s a lot like changing the oil in your car.  The more miles, the more frequently you...

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