Will my septic tank work without power?
When there is a power outage, the septic system does not work either. This means that you will have to take extraordinary measures to ensure your home sewage system keeps running for as long as possible. To avoid problems with your septic system during an extended power outage, you should store drinking water before the storm hits.
Also, it is a good idea to get your tank pumped and your tank clean before the storm arrives. This way, you will eliminate all solids that could get in the way when trying to use or pump out your tank. You can store drinking water in the bathtub, use a camping pump to fill up some buckets, or keep it in an open container if you have enough space.
As for the sewage system, there are two essential things to remember:
The first thing is that when power is restored after a few days of outage, the water in the septic tank will flow back into your home. You can stop this by putting a ball valve on the septic drain pipe leading from the tank to your house. This should be done after pumping out as much sewage as you can from the tank.
The second thing is that people should stop flushing their toilets when power has been out for a while. After all, who wants to bump into a full tank when you can use an alternative bathroom instead?
If there is no power for quite some time, though, the sewage in your home will start to overflow.
When this happens, you must find out how high sewage levels rise before sewage starts spilling out of your toilet. If you have a sump pump that works on electricity, you should be fine. Otherwise, sewage will rise until it reaches your main drain field or some other place in your yard where it spills over the ground.
This is why you need to check the height of the sewage water before it starts spilling out of your toilet. If this is the case, you should move all unnecessary electrical equipment, such as a water heater and furnace, to a higher floor to prevent them from being damaged by sewage overflow
Also, try to find out if your neighbors have working sump pumps that could be used to pump out sewage. In some cases, they might even let you use their pumps for a while to get sewage out of your house. It is also a good idea to stack sandbags in front of doors and windows to keep sewage out if you have the space.
If you do not want to worry about all this during an extended power outage, consider installing a generator that can power your home’s essential appliances like a stove, refrigerator, and sump pump.
In the end, the best thing to do is store as much water as you can before a natural disaster hits your neighborhood. Also, remember that power outages generally cause sewage systems to fail, so it is good to have alternative waste storage during emergencies.