How Septic Tank Care Affects Your Drain Field

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For the first blog of 2023, Montgomery Sanitation is blogging about how septic tank care affects your drain field. The septic drain field is where effluents, or liquid waste products from the septic system, releases into the soil. Drain fields consist of numerous parallel pipes that empty onto a unique substrate buried several feet below the surface. Cleaned of hazardous microbes by the percolating process, the effluent becomes reasonably clean water. The entire septic system will come to a halt if something were to interfere with this draining process.


Because of this, it is crucial to take great care to protect the septic drain field. One of the first steps you can take to proactive care for your drainage field is regular septic pumps. Montgomery Sanitation Services, Inc. provides septic tank pumping.


Drain Field Failure Systems are Preventable with Septic Tank Care

The most disastrous consequence of subpar septic management is drain field failure. Untreated waste, including solids, will overflow into the drain field once the tank is full. The drain field won’t be able to absorb additional waste if there is too much solid waste there. Any contaminant in the effluent that causes blockages is problematic. This is because drain fields depend on steady, uninterrupted flow of effluent into the surrounding soil.


If you are fortunate, you might be able to repair a failing drain field. But there is a strong possibility you will need to have a complete replacement. By scheduling regular septic tank pumps and being careful about what goes down the drain, you may prevent drain field collapse.


Signs and Symptoms of a Drain Field Failure

If you don’t pump your septic tank, you won’t be the only one who suffers. As mentioned, once the tank is full, some untreated waste will wind up in the drain field. Some of the waste may ooze into water wells or underground waters depending on the environment. Even your neighbors can suffer in those situations. Additionally, as the solids accumulate in the tank, the tank’s capacity reduces. The solids will eventually clog the pipe leading to the drain field. Homeowners may not even know they have an issue until they experience any of the following signs:


  • Smell of sewage in the yard
  • Swampy areas over the drain field
  • Bright green, healthy grass over the drain field
  • Waste water backing up into the house
  • Lowest drains in the house become slower


It doesn’t take long for these problems to become critical. Most homeowners find that the only way to solve this problem is to call in a professional. For more information on septic tank services, give Montgomery Sanitation Services, Inc. a call at (540) 382-2205. Follow us on Facebook for updates. We are happy to discuss more about how septic tank care affects your drain field.