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Three Tips To Use When Your Septic Tank Starts Leaking

by Andrea Lawson

If you notice that sewage has started to collect in your yard, there is a good chance that there is something wrong with your septic tank. When a septic tank is damaged, there are many homeowners who have no idea what steps to take to not only get it repaired but keep the damage that is caused by the damaged septic tank to a minimum. The following guide walks you through a few tips to use when your septic tank starts to leak into your yard: 

Call a Professional Right Away

You need to get the septic tank repaired right away. The sewage will be seeping into the ground and can cause major issues with the environment. You want to be sure that a professional comes to your house immediately to stop the leaking as much as they can. There are times when the tank can be fixed rather easily and other times when the entire thing needs to be replaced. The technician will be able to tell you within a few minutes what they think the issue is and what will need to be done to repair it.

Keep Children and Pets Away from the Area Where the Tank Is Leaking

The last thing you want is for your pets to drink from the sewage in the yard. Keep your pets and children away from that area of your yard until the septic tank issue is resolved. If children play in the sewage or the pets drink it, it could cause them to become very ill.

Stop Using the Water in Your Home

Stop using the water in your home until the septic tank can be repaired. All of the water that you use goes down the pipes and straight to the septic tank. Every time you add more water to the tank, the more it will leak. Take showers somewhere else, do not flush toilets, and have your family brush your teeth with a glass of water and spit outside.

Once your tank is repaired, it will take some time before the sewage is gone from your yard. You may need to check it on a regular basis to see if it has dried up or not before you allow your children or pets to play in that area of the yard. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to having your pets or children around sewage.