Spring flooding causing septic tank issues for homeowners

March 19, 2019 05:24 PM

Spring flooding across Minnesota is creating problems for people with septic systems.

If a septic tank becomes filled with flood water, it could lead to backups inside the house.


That's exactly what a family in Rosemount is experiencing.

Friday night, Sandi Rahn walked down to her basement to find it quickly filling with water from her septic system.

"The toilet was literally flowing over," said Rahn.

Water from all the melting snow turned Rahn's front yard into a lake.

It eventually rose to a level that covered the lid to Rahn's septic tank, allowing water to leak inside. And, after the tank filled with flood water, it began flowing into Rahn's home.

"We started hauling out any furniture we wanted to save," said Rahn.

More spring flooding coverage

With a flooded septic tank, the toilets in Rahn's home have been off-limits for the past four days. She had to wait for the water to recede before calling out a company to empty the septic tank.

Tuesday afternoon, Meyer Sewer Service arrived to begin pumping out all the flood water that innundated Rahn's system.

"It's been pretty hectic," said Chris Wagner with Meyer Sewer Service. "My mother-in-law has owned the business for 42 years and this has probably been the busiest winter she's ever had."

Rahn ripped out all the carpet in her basement and several feet of drywall.

Once the weather warms, Rahn plans to build a berm around her septic tank to help ensure it never backs up into her home again.

"No one has ever seen it this bad," admitted Rahn.

Rahn also says she's purchased sewer backup insurance, which she didn't have before. She says if her basement does get flooded again, at least the damage will be covered.

Connect with KSTP

Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.


Tim Vetscher

Copyright 2019 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company


Minneapolis asks residents to report flooding as it happens

Trump slams congresswoman Omar; crowd roars, 'Send her back!'

Cottage Grove police respond to storage facility after reported assault

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo: 'I need 1,000 officers by 2025'

Mudslide temporarily disrupts Green Line, raises concerns as more storms approach

Early storms set up a hot Thursday