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Drainfield Installation

How to Contact Us about a Drainfield Installation or Replacement


Talk to one of our septic professionals about the issue


Schedule a time for Septic & Drainfield Depot to come assess the drainfield


Make another appointment for the installation if necessary

Drainfield Installation in and near Lakeland

What Is a Drainfield?

A drainfield (also called a leach field), is one of the final stages of the wastewater purification process and is generally made up of several large subsurface perforated pipes. Once the wastewater from the tank makes its way to this stage, it drains into the soil below, where it is further purified before it enters the groundwater supply.

Special testing is performed on the soil before septic drainfield installation or replacement takes place.

What Is a Percolation Test?

Percolation testing is a crucial step to determining how suitable the soil is to receive waste water. The ground needs to be both permeable enough to handle effluent and fine-grained enough to filter bacteria and viruses from the water before it enters the water supply.

A licensed septic professional with knowledge of health department standards will perform the test and determine if the soil is appropriate for a new drainfield.

If the designated area fails the percolation test, a new section of soil needs to be tested for drainfield placement, or the soil may need some type of treatment.

Before drain field installation in and near Lakeland

Signs the Drainfield May not Be Working Properly

Drainfield area in Lakeland

Slow Drainage

If the toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks are suddenly experiencing slow draining, it should be addressed as soon as possible by a licensed septic company in Lakeland. This could indicate that the drainfield is failing and giving the tank a chance to fill with water.

Unusual Foul Odors

It’s a good idea to make a habit out of walking outside near where your septic system is installed and take note of any sewage smells every few weeks to ensure nothing is going wrong. If you do smell sewage, it’s time to pick up the phone and schedule a drain field inspection immediately.

Lush Grass

If the grass over the field pipes is more green and lush than normal or you’re noticing increased weed growth compared to the rest of your yard, there could be a problem with the system. Excess waste exiting the pipes acts as a fertilizer for the grass, which is why it may appear healthier.

Puddles of Water

If you notice puddling or pooling of water above the leach field pipes, an inspection is needed immediately. This problem is often a result of the soil not absorbing effluent and is an emergent issue and health hazard.

Reasons for Drainfield Installation and Replacement

How to Protect Your Drainfield


Avoid Putting Contaminants Down the Drain

Any substances that can cause clogs are never a good idea and could end up costing you a lot of money to repair the septic system. Putting oil, grease, chemicals, detergents, and non-paper products will ultimately harm your system and produce clogging.


Acquiring a Permit

Even though the septic tank and perforated pipes reside several feet below the surface, they are not completely protected from damage without the proper care. Parking vehicles or building storage sheds near the drainfield is a huge no-no and sure way to cause harm to the structure or cause the ground to shift.

Avoid anything that places excess weight long-term over the septic system area to keep it fully protected. Reach out to a drainfield contractor for more information.


Perform Regular Maintenance

Ultimately, regular maintenance on your plumbing and septic tank is the best way to extend the life of your drainfield and avoid premature replacements. Get your tank pumped at least every three years, and consider a more detailed cleaning every so often as well. If you’re unsure when the last pumping service was done, call Septic & Drainfield depot to come out and take a look.

Frequently Asked Drainfield Questions

Will the drainfield installation/replacement mess up my landscaping?

While we try to minimize any unnecessary disruption to your yard and grass, excavations require a lot of digging and equipment. Our crew will restore the yard to the best of our ability, but it may not be perfect.

What can I plant over the drainfield?

Planting anything other than just grass over the field is risky, as roots can cause issues for the pipes and tank below the surface.

Am I able to choose where you install my drainfield?

Septic & Drainfield Depot follows all local codes and regulations when deciding where to install. If you have a specific place in mind on your property, please check with us and we will find out if it’s possible for an installation to take place there.

Top Drainfield Replacement Company in and Near Lakeland

With our years of experience and expertise in all things septic, Septic and Drainfield Depot is central Florida’s top choice for septic related inquiries. We handle all steps of the drainfield installation process from choosing the right location to excavating the old system. Call us today for a free estimate on any service!