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Flooding Can Cause Problems With Sewage Systems

By Heather Kretzer

August 09, 2016

Flooding Can Cause Problems With Sewage Systems 

Flooding Can Cause Problems With Sewage Systems

Public Service Announcement

Contact:
Heather Kretzer
850-872-4455, ext. 1344
heather.kretzer@flhealth.gov

Panama City, Fla. – During periods of heavy rain, you may be experiencing difficulties with your sewage system not functioning properly.  If you have a septic system that operates by a dosing pump, it will not function without electricity.  You should refrain from using water in your home as much as possible until electricity is restored.  Without the pump working, the tanks will fill and may cause backups of sewage in your home.

General precautions:

  • Do not let children play in flood waters as these waters may be contaminated by sewage.
  • If you live in a low-lying or flood-prone area, the ground in your area may be saturated from heavy rainfalls or flooding.  You should use household water as little as possible to prevent backups of sewage into your home

 

What should I do if sewage backs up?

  • If a sewage backup has occurred in your home, stay out of affected areas and keep children away.  If your entire home has been saturated, abandon the home until all affected areas, including but not limited to carpets, rugs, sheetrock, drywall, and baseboards, have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • If sewage has overflowed in open areas or streets, etc., avoid these areas and keep children out of these areas.
  • If you are having problems in areas served by sewer systems, please contact your utility company to insure they are aware of problems in your area.

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