If you own a septic system, there are two main parts that you need to know about: the septic tank and the drainfield. While much of your maintenance instructions may be geared toward your septic tank, there are things you should know about your drainfield too. Your drainfield needs proper care in order to retain its life expectancy and help you avoid disruptive problems and/or replacement.
Here are some FAQ’s to help you become more acquainted with your drainfield:
What is a drainfield?
A conventional drainfield is composed of perforated pipes or chambers buried underground. These pipes carry pretreated wastewater (or effluent) from the septic tank to a large area of your soil for final treatment. Your drainfield soil acts as a natural filter for the wastewater. It is important that you know exactly where your drainfield is located on your property.
What is a drainfield’s life expectancy?
A properly designed, installed and maintained drainfield should last at least 25 to 30 years or more.
How can I tell if my drainfield is failing?
The most obvious sign of drainfield failure is surfacing effluent. You’ll notice this as soggy soil or pools of standing water on top of the drainfield. You may also see strips of bright green grass growing in the area.
Are there certain things I should avoid doing on the drainfield?
Yes! You should never drive on or park heavy vehicles on your drainfield. Also, avoid paving or building on your drainfield. The best landscape is simple grass, as you do not want deep roots to interfere with the drainfield’s ability to do its job. Grass helps to remove water and nutrients from the soil and works to inhibit soil erosion.
Does my drainfield need to be inspected?
Yes, all parts of your septic system need to be professionally inspected on a routine basis. The best time to schedule your drainfield inspection is when your septic tank is pumped, or every 2-3 years.
Concerned about the health of your drainfield? Call Metro Septic today. We are experts you can trust for superior service and honest rates.
Posted on behalf of Metro Septic and Plumbing
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