How to Keep Your Drain Field in Good Condition

If you are among the twenty percent of homeowners in the United States who are not connected to a centralized sewer system, then you likely have a septic system installed in your yard. Though you ...

How to Keep Your Drain Field in Good Condition

Oct 22

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How to Keep Your Drain Field in Good Condition

If you are among the twenty percent of homeowners in the United States who are not connected to a centralized sewer system, then you likely have a septic system installed in your yard. Though you are free from monthly sewer bills, you are responsible for caring for and maintaining your waste and wastewater treatment system. At Metro Septic Pumping, we want our community to keep their septic system in the best condition. This article will go over some ways that you can keep your drain field in good condition. If you have any specific questions or need septic service, then call Metro Septic Pumping to schedule an appointment or request an urgent dispatch.

Conserve Water: Protect Your Drain Field and Lower Water Bills

The drain field is responsible for diffusing wastewater into the soil where it percolates through the layers for treatment. The less wastewater you produce, the less strain on your system and less possibility of a system failure. Practice water conservation by installing low-volume water fixtures such as toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers. Also spread out usage of these appliances to avoid overwhelming the septic system. Don’t shower and run your washing machine and dishwasher at the same time, for example.

Keep Traffic and Structures Off Your Drain Field

The system of pipes that make up your drain field is sensitive. Refrain from driving over the drain field or installing structures on or around the drain field. Do not allow livestock or heavy equipment on or around the drain field either. Finally, guide runoff water traffic away from the drain field as well. Water from roofs, driveways, and patios can overwhelm the drain field.

Careful Landscaping

Planting beautiful shrubs and trees enhances the beauty of your yard but be sure to do the necessary research before you plant just anything. Trees and shrubs with aggressive roots can penetrate the pipes in the drain field. Some are helpful though. Plant life with benign roots can help soak up excess moisture and water in the drain field area, decreasing the drain field’s workload.

Regular Inspections and Timely Septic Pumping

“Good” bacteria get to work as solid waste enters the septic tank. These microorganisms break down solid waste into sludge, saving valuable space in the septic tank. Without anywhere to go, however, the sludge must be manually pumped out or cleaned. Get your timely septic pumping once every two to four years to avoid overloads. Overflowing sludge can clog your drain field’s pipes and damage the system. 
Don’t forget to schedule your routine septic system inspection to catch small issues before they become a big problem. The professionals at Metro Septic Pumping offer both of these services for our community.

Call Metro Septic Pumping for Assistance

Your friends at Metro Septic Pumping are always happy and ready to help. If you have any questions or are worried that your drain field is damaged, then call Metro Septic Pumping to consult with a professional. We can have a technician dispatched to your location to resolve your problem today.
 

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