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       Flooding of private sewage systems can be a dangerous scenario. It can result in the back-up of sewage in the property and result in drinking water contamination and cordoning off of the property until the sewage cleanup is completed. It is difficult, if not impossible to control the rainfall and flooding in the area, especially in a resort city such as Lake Geneva. However, residents of the place can prepare for flooding problems.

Flooding and soil saturation happen when a private sewage system fails to function properly. The soil treatment systems for the wastewater depend on aerobic locations to lessen the amounts of chemicals and living pathogens. When the soil is inundated, the hazardous substances can enter the groundwater and contaminate the water supply.

Before a flooding, the septic tanks should be kept full because empty tanks are more buoyant. When this is the case, they may dislodge from the ground during a flood and lead to the need for sewage cleanup. The floor drains should be plugged up whenever necessary in order to keep the sewage from backing up into basements. 

When the flood is already happening, the sewage system should not be used. Make use of portable toilets whenever possible. Use bleach or disinfectant to clean out the temporary toilets. When it comes to water, do not use those found in wells. According to the local government of Lake Geneva, drink bottled water and contact local health departments for instructions on how to property disinfect wells and water obtained from them. Also, do not wade through the floodwaters because they may contain raw sewage materials that could be extremely harmful to your health.

Sewage cleanup in Lake Geneva, WI requires the shutdown of the sewage pump even after the flood. Do not turn it on until the point when the disposal location is already lower than the water found in the home. If there is damage to the septic tank, do not attempt to remedy it yourself.  Professionals should come in and conduct and inspection and the necessary repairs. Signs of damage include settling of debris and difficulty of the system to accept water. 

When water is pumped out, the process must be done slowly. Otherwise, there is a danger of the walls collapsing due to the changes in pressure. Discard any contaminated items that come in contact with sewage materials.

Septic tanks are difficult to damage, even with floods, because they are located underground. However, they are not immune to silting and the accumulation of debris. When this happens, they need to be cleaned out professionally. If the pipes that lead to the area of disposal are heavily silted, then sewage cleanup in Lake Geneva, WI requires the installation of new trenches.

Take note that septic tanks may be full of dangerous gases so only trained professionals are qualified to clean and repair them. In fact, the Wisconsin code that also applies to the city of Lake Geneva requires that licensed plumbers are employed for any such repairs. 

​Sewage Cleanup in Lake Geneva, WI - The Sewage Cleanup of Flooded Private Sewage Systems (Article #3)

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