It’s July, which means monsoon season is in full swing! It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s sticky. And every evening it rains. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great change to the sweltering hot days of an Arizona summer, but here in Queen Creek that rain can be bothersome…leading to flooding and stagnant water.

During heavy downpours, or extended days of rain, the drain field area connected to a septic tank can saturate and the tank will not be able to drain properly.

If your Queen Creek septic tank isn’t draining properly, all kids of damage can occur.

So, what can you do when monsoon season is approaching?

  • The best way to handle a heavy rainfall is to make sure your septic system is in good shape before the rains roll in. Septic problems can be worse if your tank needs to be pumped or the system has not been properly maintained.
  • Direct runoff water away from the drainfield to keep the surrounding soils from getting extra soggy. Keep rain gutters clear of debris and make sure all gutters drain away from the drainfield area.
  • Do not drive any heavy equipment or other vehicles that could compact the soil over the drainfield. Compacted soils can reduce the soil absorption field’s ability to treat wastewater. Plant only grass above the drainfield.

After the monsoon has past, do this…

  • If you suspect any damage to your septic system or if the water over the drainfield does not recede after the rain stops, have your septic tank professionally inspected and serviced.
  • If silt and debris have gotten into your septic tank, have the system pumped as soon as possible. Wait until the water has receded and the area is no longer saturated before opening the tank.

Septic tanks and monsoon season don’t often mix. If you think the Queen Creek monsoon season has impacted your septic tank, give us a call immediately.