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Septic Systems After a Flood

Septic Systems

Once floodwaters have receded, remember:

  • Do not use the sewage system until water in the soil absorption field is lower than the water level around the house.
  • Have your septic tank inspected by a licensed professional and serviced if necessary. Signs of damage include settling or an inability to accept water. Any repairs needed require a permit from Boulder County Public Health.
  • If sewage has backed up into the basement, clean the area and disinfect the floor. Use a chlorine solution of a half cup of chlorine bleach to each gallon of water to disinfect the area thoroughly.
  • Pump the septic system as soon as possible after the flood. Pumping does not require a permit.
  • Examine all electrical connections for damage before restoring electricity.
  • Be sure the septic tank's manhole cover is secure and that inspection ports have not been blocked or damaged.
  • Check the vegetation over your septic tank and soil absorption field. Repair erosion damage and sod or reseed areas as necessary to provide turf grass cover.

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