Three Septic Drainfield And Tank Mistakes

Posted on: 17 December 2018

If moving into a suburb or rural area where your property will have a septic system, you may only vaguely realize what such a system entails. A septic system treats all the wastewater (also called liquid waste or effluent) that leaves through your home's drains and pipes. Everything you spill or wash down drains and flush in toilets goes to a septic tank; solids sink and oils drift upward. The cleanest, clearest liquid continues on into the drainfield, also called leach field. The field is composed of slotted pipes which disperse the water into the soil under your feet and naturally, bacteria and soil clean and absorb that liquid.

When your system works, drains are clear, the grass over your drainfield is green, and there is no external sign of the tank. However, without knowledge, disrupting the system is possible. How is harm made possible?

Not Knowing Where the Tank and Drainfield Are

Typically, a portion of back or front yards will be where tanks and drainfields are placed. You'll need to have a true idea of where they are so that you don't put sheds on the soil covering them or cover the area with too much greenery. Trees or shrubs could grow roots so long that they disturb the slotted pipes of the drainfield.

If the seller of your property never told you how the system was laid out, don't worry. Local permit offices should have septic system records. State environmental or health agencies could also have some documents about your property.

Parking on the Drainfield

You may feel that you're not doing any harm by parking unused or guest cars on top of the drainfield periodically, especially since otherwise the yard space is going unused. However, realize that the drainfield pipes aren't as deeply located as you might think. In fact, the slotted pipes are usually only a few inches or feet underground. The weight of tons of pounds pressing on the drainfield could damage pipes, causing back-up or overflow of the septic tank. Keep vehicles far from the drainfield. If you've already had vehicles on the area unknowingly, contact drainfield repair contractors to assess possible harm already done..

Ignoring Inspections of Your Drainfield and Tank

Perhaps the most common problem which occurs because owners don't understand their septic systems is avoidance of proper inspection of the drainfield and tank. Every year, drainfield pipes should be checked for occlusion, and the tank's solid contents must be pumped. Without inspections, overflow, terrible odors and clogged drains could occur.

Avoid these mistakes. If the drainfield or tank are suspected to have trouble, contact septic tank drainfield repair contractors.