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