The drain field is the most important component of a septic system. It’s where water from the tank is held until it percolates into the soil. When a septic system needs drain field repair or is showing signs of failure, it’s usually for one or more of the following reasons.
- Oversaturation: Running commodes, malfunctioning water softeners and dripping faucets put extra water into the system, which can flood out the drain field. Higher-than-average use by occupants or visitors can also overload the system.
- Age: The average life expectancy of a drain field is about 25 years, depending on its maintenance and usage.
- Crushing damage: Permanent structures (pools, sheds, house additions, etc.) or heavy items, such as vehicles, can compact the soil and crush pipes, causing damage to the drain field. Never build structures over a septic system!
- Blocked pipes: Tree roots can invade a drain field, preventing effluent from percolating into the soil.
Is drain field repair possible? Yes, in some cases. But if the system has exceeded its life expectancy, searching for a cause might be throwing good money after bad. Often, drain field repair means installing a completely new one. No drain field can last forever, but there are things you can do to keep yours working well. The best is regular preventative care by a septic contractor.
At Lee Kirk & Sons Septic in Lakeland, Florida, we can take care of all your waste removal needs with our wide range of residential septic services. You’ll never have to deal with a failed system! Call today for a free estimate!