Drain Field Repair 101

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Do you know all the components of your septic system? Drain fields are an important part of all septic systems, as they are responsible for the final stage of wastewater treatment. Understanding the maintenance can help you determine when you need a drain field repair. In this article, we’ll review some of the key things you should know about your drain field and when to schedule a repair.

Drain Field Repair 101

The Purpose and Main Functions 

Septic drain fields manage the final stage of wastewater treatment in a septic system. After wastewater passes through the septic tank, where solid waste settles and undergoes initial treatment, the effluent flows into the drain field. Here, the soil further filters and treats the liquid waste, allowing it to percolate into the ground, effectively returning treated water to the environment.

Signs There Is a Problem with Your Drain Field 

These common signs can help you determine if you require a drain field repair. Here are some things to look out for:

  • You are experiencing foul odors outside, specifically near your septic tank.
  • Your lawn is lush and dark green above your septic tank.
  • There are pools of water in your yard, or the grass is extremely soggy.
  • You are experiencing slow drains or sewage backups.

How to Prevent Drain Field Repairs

Regular maintenance of your drain field will ensure its longevity and keep it functioning properly. Paying attention to your water usage can help you avoid overusing your system. You may want to do the following:

  • Avoid excessive water usage.
  • Divert surface water away from the drain field.
  • Refrain from planting deep-rooted trees nearby.
  • Schedule routine inspections to catch potential problems early.

If you own a septic system, you should prioritize regular inspections and maintenance to preserve the functionality of your drain fields and the overall health of your septic systems.