5 Methods Of Drain Field Rehabilitation

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a septic system’s drain field is a shallow excavation in the soil that acts as a filter for liquid wastewater. Once the liquid filters through the septic tank, it travels into the drain field before making its way into the groundwater system.

Problems with the drain field can lead to severe issues with the septic system, causing sewage to back up into the home or flood the ground area. Proper care and maintenance for your drain field are essential to prevent your septic system from failing altogether.

Luckily, there are some standard methods that septic professionals use to rehabilitate a faulty drain field and prevent a system failure or other catastrophic emergency.

Method #1 – Clear Blocked Lines

Clogs and blocked lines are never good within your septic or plumbing system because it means that wastewater won’t be able to get where it’s supposed to go quickly or easily. However, sludge and buildup occur naturally over time, causing blocked lines and clogged pipes.

One simple way to prevent issues with the drain field is to clear these clogs and blockages before they cause backups and system failures. Professionals use two techniques for this problem: jetting and mechanical aeration.

Jetting blocked lines involves running a water jet through the system to clear out blockages. The force of the water spray moves clogs out of the lines to ensure wastewater can flow freely.

Mechanical aeration creates new natural drainage lines by aerating the soil around the drain field.

Method #2 – Leach Field Treatments

If you want to rehabilitate the drain field more naturally, one of the simplest ways to do it is by treating the drain field with additives. By adding biological and organic products and treatments to the drain field, a professional technician can rely on nature’s chemical and biological processes to give the drain field a boost and ensure proper flow.

By adding products like yeast and baking soda, the soil becomes filled with healthy bacteria to help resolve any chemical imbalances that may be present. The exchange of gasses and microbial activity can help with clogs and odors and rejuvenate the drain field to work as intended.

Method #3 – Clean-Outs and Vents

Installing clean-outs and vents is another option for improving the flow within the drain field and rehabilitating the area for flooding problems. These techniques are typically employed if jetting or mechanical aeration doesn’t resolve the issues.

Clean-outs and vents improve flow within the drain field and prevent clogs. They use built-in systems to monitor for blockages so that problems can be detected right away. These systems ensure that the drain field functions properly and helps prevent urgent system issues and failures.

Method #4 – Terralift

Terralift is a patented system that helps restore the soil in the drain field so that it functions properly. Terralift resolves many issues and prevents septic system failure by using compaction techniques, ensuring proper saturation, and resolving improper drainage.

This method is excellent for a natural, chemical-free drain field restoration. It works by forcing air deep into the soil to create small cracks and pathways for liquids to escape. The technician will also inject polystyrene beads into the cracks and fissures to hold them open and ensure ongoing flow.

Method #5 – Drain Field Replacement

In some cases, the only solution may be having a professional design and install a new drain field. The primary cause for this is the drain field’s age. While it should last at least 25 years, a lack of care and maintenance over the years can cause failure sooner than expected. That’s why it’s so important to enlist a trusted professional to keep your system working correctly.

Trust All Septic & Sewer For Professional Drain Field Rehabilitation And Restoration

A problem with your drain field isn’t something you can ignore. So instead, contact an experienced and trusted professional to guide you through the troubleshooting and repair process when it’s time for these critical services.

Our expert technicians will diagnose the issue and work with you to find the best and safest solution for your home and property. Call us today or reach out using our convenient online form.

All Septic & Sewer is a Puyallup-based company with over 20 years of experience proudly serving King, Pierce, and Thurston Counties. We look forward to serving you with all your septic and sewer needs.

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