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drain field repairNobody likes to face drain field repair or even worse, replacement. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take that can reduce the chances of your septic system’s drain field having premature problems that can be costly to resolve.

One of the easiest steps to take to avoid drain field repair is safeguarding the space. This means avoiding any landscaping that is heavy or has a complex root structure. Just plain grass is the best thing if you want to avoid a problem. If you think about it, the drain field is where the wastewater comes from the septic tank, leaving the solids behind, to be properly filtered before going to the surrounding ground and eventually into the underground water table. With that much water right there, is it any wonder why trees, bushes, flowers, and other plants would have an aggressive root system to harness it? Even a tree located 30 feet away can and will send its roots in the direction of that much temptation.

The second tip for avoiding drain field repair is to keep FOGs out of your septic system. FOG stands for fat, oils, and grease, which are deadly to a septic system. These float on the top of the septic tank and get easily swooped into the drain field. They also plug everything up and make filtration impossible.

The final tip is to make sure you have your septic tank inspected and cleaned regularly. If the tank is not in good condition and is unable to function properly, it can easily lead to drain field repair. Call us at Lee Kirk & Sons Septic for an annual inspection as well as septic tank pumping when needed. We have served the Lakeland, Florida area since 1959 with top-quality service and sound advice for avoiding drain field repair that you can rely on.