Mitigating Water Quality After A Septic Leak

Posted on: 30 March 2017


For homes that are further away from municipal water and sewage treatment options, having both a septic tank and a well is a common setup. But when you have issues with your septic tank, there is a possibility that your water quality can also be affected. Thankfully, there are some procedures you can follow to mitigate a septic failure.

Call Your Septic Tank Professional

Step one is to make sure all sewage leaks are cleaned up and that the septic tank has been fixed correctly. That will be key when you do further water testing to ensure the damage has stopped. With a septic tank backup, you might find that sewage has spilled out of the tank and that you need to do some cleanup. The same goes for a drain field that has been clogged and started to overflow; drain cleaning will help restore the tank to its proper working order. Your septic tank professional will have ideas on how to choose the correct services to fix the problem.

Get Your Water Quality Tested

The problem with a septic failure is that it means waste was not treated properly before it came in contact with the ground. Typically, sewage is treated by the bacteria within the tank and the biomat in the drain field, which means that only treated water reenters the groundwater supply. But when sewage escapes the system, it can go directly into the groundwater supply that your well relies on.

Home water testing might be needed, then, to test the quality of your water and make sure it is safe to drink. It is a good idea to get your water tested multiple times, several weeks apart, since the quality of your water might vary based on the groundwater levels at that time.

Consider Additional Filters

If it turns out that your well water has pathogens in it, then you will need some additional filtration before you can consider the water safe to drink. It is a great idea to filter well water anyway so that you can be proactive about dealing with potential contaminants (rather than reacting after you have already become sick or compromised).

Reverse osmosis filters are strong enough to filter out many types of viruses and bacteria. But UV filtration and chemical filtration (such as iodine filtration) are other ways to ensure your water quality is at a high standard. It all depends on your budget and the volume of water that you need from your well at any given time.