Maintaining Your Drainfield

If you’ve ever had a backed up septic system, you know it’s not pretty. While we’re here to help you out of these murky situations, we don’t want to see you waste money when you don’t have to. One way to keep your septic system working properly is with proper Drainfield Maintenance.

What’s A Drainfield?

Your drainfield is the part of your septic system that removes contaminants from the liquid that comes from your septic tank. In other words, it helps to drain the septic tank and is crucial for its operation. A broken drainfield can mean backup, overflow, and an emergency septic pump.

Keeping Your Drainfield Safe

Here’s a few tips to make sure you don’t crack, break, or otherwise damage your drainfield.

  1. Placement: Whenever we set a new drainfield, we take water excess seriously. This means locating your drainfield away from sources of excess water overflow; too much water can limit the wastewater treament process and slow down your septic system. Make sure your gutter drains, sump pump hoses, and other forms of water are pointed away from this area.
  2. Parking: Make sure you never park or drive on your drainfield. A small garden tractor is fine, but large equipment can damage the lines. Keep even small cars off this portion of the yard.
  3. Planting:  Depending on the size and distance of you drainage system, it is a good idea to keep large trees away from the drainfield. Large plant roots can reach deep into the soil and clog or break the lines. If you’re concerned about the distance of your current plants in respect to your drainfield, let us know and we can advise you on whether they should be removed.

Following these simple steps can help extend the life of your septic system by keeping your drainfield safe. If you have any questions about your current system, or are looking to get a new one installed, please give us a call. Or, fill out our simple quote form for an estimate. Thanks for reading!