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Rainfall causing septic systems to back up

Posted at 7:25 PM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 20:25:24-05

Exceptional rainfall in the state has caused some in Green Country to experience problems with their plumbing systems.

Water and sludge shot up from underground destroying one backyard in Broken Arrow. Officials are saying this is becoming a prevalent problem for homeowners with septic systems.

This homeowner’s worst nightmare is smelly, muddy and a little pricey. In some cases, crawfish have started burrowing to get to the underground lake.

"See, there's another crawdad hole over there," says Milton Allen of Milty’s Septic Services.

Allen has seen this problem all across northeast Oklahoma, and he says the recent rain is to blame.

"I'd say 99 percent of it is has to do with the soil that's so saturated from all the rain, we haven't had enough sun to evaporate that water," says Allen.

Some systems are pumped out by a truck, others completely replaced. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the risk of mother nature costing you thousands.  

"Slow down on doing laundry, no 10 loads of laundry a day, take one shower at a time, you know what i'm saying," says Allen.

Allen says the older the system, the more prone it is to getting backed up.

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