2019-01-09 / Community

Does Your Septic Tank Have Too Much Water?

by Carolyn Maschke

ALBANY–Recent rainy weather has caused septic systems of some property owners to experience seasonal failure, but local Public Health officials have recommendations that can help.

“There are a number of things a homeowner can do to alleviate the symptoms,” said Southwest Health District Environmental Health Director Justin Smith. “One is to reduce water usage. Another is to install a curtain or French drain to divert subsurface water.”

Other tips include landscape alterations to divert surface water and pumping the tank to provide relief.

For more information, contact environmental health specialists at your local health department.

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