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6 Tips to Prepare Your Septic for Heavy Rainfall


With the increase in frequency and intensity of storms and rainfall, it’s now more important than ever to plan ahead. Prepare your home and septic system for spring showers in order to avoid significant damage and costly cleanup. These simple tips can make a big difference in protecting against damage during a storm.

1. Track Inclement Weather

As a homeowner, it’s important to stay up-to-date on potential storms and the weather forecast for your area. By staying informed, you can be prepared and minimize the damage. The National Hurricane Center is a reliable resource for major storm events, but there are also many storm tracking and radar apps you can download to track heavy rain and wind storms that may come through your area.

2. Schedule a Pump or Maintenance Ahead of Time

If you’ve been neglecting regular septic pumping and maintenance, now is a good time to have a professional take a look and ensure any potential issues are addressed before a major storm rolls in. It’s also handy to have someone you already know and can call in case of an emergency. Call us at (603) 945-7355 or contact us here to schedule your service appointment today.

3. Clear the Drain Field

Remove any vehicles or heavy equipment from the drain field ahead of a storm. The added weight, especially with the weight of rainwater can damage your system.

4. Check Gutters

Ensure your gutters don’t flow into the drain field. Redirect to outward sections of your yard, away from any areas that could further overwhelm your septic and the area around it.

5. Remove Trees, Branches, and other Debris

Trees and branches that are dead or decaying are at risk of falling onto your septic and causing significant damage. Inspect the area surrounding your septic for any debris that could fall onto it. And be sure to secure equipment, machinery, or other potential debris so they don’t get swept or blown during a storm.

6. Don’t Overuse Your System

Keep showers and use of inside appliances like your dishwasher and washing machine to a minimum. Use them at different times of the day so you don’t overwhelm your system before water levels stabilize again.

At Felix Septic, we’re available for all your septic system needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! As one of New Hampshire’s largest and most prominent septic services providers, we offer exceptional service to 75 cities and towns across New Hampshire.

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