Common Leach Field Problems

If you are one of twenty percent of homeowners in the United States whose property is not connected to a centralized sewer system, then you likely have a septic system installed in the yard somewh...

Common Leach Field Problems

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Common Leach Field Problems

If you are one of twenty percent of homeowners in the United States whose property is not connected to a centralized sewer system, then you likely have a septic system installed in the yard somewhere. A significant component of the septic system is the leach field, also called the drain field. Metro Septic Pumping has experienced that a sizeable portion of malfunctions related to the septic system stem from this part of the system. We have put together this article to help our community manage their septic systems. These are some common leach field problems as well as tips on how to deal with and minimize them.

How The Leach Field Works

As you know, the septic system is an onsite wastewater treatment facility. Waste and wastewater leave your building an enter the septic tank where they are divided into three layers: solids, liquid effluent, and scum. The solids and scum remain in the tank while the liquid effluent travels through an outlet pipe to the drain field, or leach field. The leach field is an underground area where perforated pipes release the wastewater into the soil to percolate through the soil. Natural bacteria break down the wastewater, effectively treating it, as it sinks into the soil.

Common Causes of Leach Field Problems

The drain field is a sensitive system. Damage to the pipes, compacted soil, and excessive water supply can cause problems. Common causes of leach field problems include:

  • Potent chemicals that threaten the vital bacteria in the soil
  • Flooding of the field from water runoff and excessive water use in the building
  • Damage to pipes by vehicles driven over or parked on the leach field
  • Invasive roots that seek water in the leach field
  • Natural degradation and corrosion over time
  • Neglecting common maintenance items such as septic tank cleaning and pumping every 2-3 years

Being mindful of these causes can help you fend off premature expiration of your septic system. Responsible water usage, avoiding pressure on the leach field, and periodic inspections by professionals such as Metro Septic Pumping can save you from costly repairs and replacements.

Signs of Leach Field Failure

Having your leach field inspected periodically is the best way to prevent malfunctions but keeping an eye out for signs of leach field failure is your next best option. If you see any of the following signs, then be sure to reach out to the professionals like those at Metro Septic Pumping as soon as possible:

  • Overly lush and green patches of grass on and around the leach field area indicates sewage leakage
  • Wet and mushy grass or puddles of water indicate the field is oversaturated
  • Smell of sewage odor around the drain field
  • Slow draining sinks and backed up plumbing

Call the Experts at Metro Septic Pumping

Leach fields should last an average of 15 to 25 years if maintained properly. If you want your system to last its full expected lifecycle, then be sure to stay on top of its care and maintenance. When you need professional assistance, call the experts at Metro Septic Pumping. Our qualified technicians are ready, willing, and able to help.
 

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