Drain Field Services

Drainfield failure is the most frequent cause of sewage ponding on the ground or clogging of household plumbing. This is commonly due to reduction of soil percolation rates. Repairing or replacing damaged drain field pipes will provide you with a more efficient and trouble-free septic system. A new drainfield will extend the life of your on-site sewage system, save on maintenance costs, and protect water quality.

Your Septic Tank

The septic tank is a large, underground container where the bacteria does its job. All of the wastewater from your toilet, bath, kitchen and laundry flows into the tank. Keep in mind that your septic tank will work only if the bacteria in it are healthy and hungry. If they get sick or die, your septic tank will start sending undigested waste out to the drain field which will quickly plug it up.

The Drain Field

The septic drain field consists of a network of perforated pipes laid in gravel-filled trenches in the soil and is the most expensive component of the septic tank drainage system. The soil in the drain field provides the final treatment and disposal of the septic tank effluent. The septic drainfield also has the biggest influence on the septic system life expectancy. If the solids that settle to the bottom of the tank are not removed by periodic pumping (every 3-5 years), they will accumulate and eventually overflow into the drainfield, causing extensive damage.

Drainfield Failures

When a drainfield fails, it's often because the septic tank wasn't pumped often enough. Sludge and scum layers can grow so thick that there's little space left for wastewater to stand while ingredients separate. A full tank allows grease and solids to get into the drainfield and overload it, resulting in foul-smelling water rising to the surface or creating backups in plumbing fixtures and preventing treatment of all wastewater. By the time you notice, it is likely that the drainfield needs replacement.

You can prevent costly repairs through regular inspection and maintenance. Call us anytime at 1.800.356.4295 or use our convenient Schedule Your Service tool, which allows you to set an appointment that fits your schedule!


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