Your septic system relies on several different components that work together to get rid of wastewater and deliver clean, safe water back to your home. If one of these components breaks down, you may experience a disruptive septic backup and other costly issues. In fact, when your drain field fails to do its job, your groundwater can become contaminated and your family could become very sick.
A well-working drain field begins with proper installation. Your drain field includes a series of special perforated pipes that further filter the water before it is returned into the ground. It is typically surrounded by gravel to support the filtration process. This is the last step of the water cleaning system before it reaches your home to be used for bathing, cooking and drinking. The installation of your drain field requires keen knowledge of a septic system and involves several calculated stages of placement and design. Hiring a professional for the job should be non-negotiable if you want to avoid potential septic issues and protect your family’s health.
Improper installation is not the only reason that a drain field may fail. Drain field issues can develop due to tree roots infiltrating the pipes over time, failure to schedule septic pumping/maintenance, soil compaction from heavy machinery/cars, and other factors. Unfortunately, the consequences are the same regardless of what caused your drain field to break down.
Is your drain field working the way it should? Here are some warning signs of a failing drain field and septic tank:
- Foul sewage odors near your septic tank and drain field
- Standing/pooling water over your drain field
- Slow draining sinks and tubs and sluggish flushing toilets
- Household drain and toilet backups
If you are concerned that you may need septic tank repair or you wish to schedule a drain field installation, please call the experts of Metro Septic today. We can help ensure your plumbing system is efficient and your family is safe from contaminated groundwater.