The drain field is an integral part of your overall septic system. If your field begins to experience issues, your entire system will fail. If you notice any problems in your drain field, you must address those right away.
When addressed promptly, drain field rehabilitation can happen and save you a considerable amount of money. Here is what you need to be on the lookout for and what to do to fix any issues in your field.
Causes And Signs Of Drain Field Issues
Many things could trigger an issue in your drain field. However, some issues happen more frequently than others. Here are some common things that cause problems in a drain field.
- Excessive water use in the home
- Grease entering the field
- Paint entering the field
- The old age of drain field
- Complex chemicals entering the field
- Vehicles parked on the drain field
- Water runoff from weather
- Tree roots entering the field and interring with the functions
Other than obvious leaks or cars causing damage, you may not realize at first that your drain field is starting to have problems. If you notice any of the following, contact a professional as soon as possible.
- Sewage backing up into your home
- Standing water around on or around your drain field
- Showers, sinks, and tubs draining slower
- Sponge-like bright green grass growing on top of your tank regardless of weather conditions
- High nitrate or bacteria levels in wells
These are all signs that your drain field is failing and needs immediate attention. This is the time to call drain field experts.
Types Of Drain Field Rehabilitation
Once you are aware that your drain field needs rehabilitation, that could take on a few different forms. What kind of drain field rehabilitation occurs will depend on what is causing the issues. Here are the most common types of drain field rehabilitation.
Jetting and mechanical aeration– over time, pipes get clogged for a wide variety of reasons. During the process of jetting and mechanical aeration, those pipes are cleaned out so the liquid can pass through them with no issues. Jetting uses a blast of water to clear the pipes, while mechanical aeration uses the soil to create new natural drainage lines.
Leach field treatments– sometimes including an additive to your drain field will help restore the functionality and balance. When chemicals or bacteria get out of balance in your drain field (also called a leach field), smells and other unpleasant things can start to happen. Products like baking soda, vinegar, and yeast can go a long way in restoring the proper levels of chemicals and bacteria in your field.
Installing clean-outs and vents– if options like jetting and mechanical aeration don’t work, clean-outs and vents are the next logical step. These can be installed in your field to help alleviate any backups that occur. A vent helps gas leave the drain field so liquid can move through your system freely.
A clean-out is a small pipe that has a portion visible above ground. If your system gets clogged or backed up, you can open the cap to release excess liquid or clean out a blockage. Both of these options come with monitoring so any clogs or failures in the drain field can be detected and resolved immediately.
Terralift– this type of drain field rehabilitation involves getting additional air into the soil of your drain field. By lightening up the soil, it can resume its role in the natural draining process. While Terralift is an excellent option, this is best suited to use when there is a buildup of bio-mat.
Bio-mat forms on the sides of the trenches and under the distribution lines. When too much bio-mat builds up, your drain field can experience clogs and performance issues.
Drain field replacement– no matter how well constructed a drain field is, age eventually takes its toll. The average life span of a drain field is 25 years. Over time, tree roots can also penetrate your drain field, making it useless. In both of these situations, the best form of drain field rehabilitation will be installing an entirely new drain field.
Trust The Experts At All Septic & Sewer With Your Drain Field Rehabilitation
All Septic & Sewer has been serving King, Pierce, and Thurston counties for over twenty years. Our team has the knowledge and expertise to handle virtually any septic and sewer issue you may have, including drain field rehabilitation. Our experts take pride in their work and want your complete satisfaction. Contact us today to schedule your consultation, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest news and happenings.