How to Maintain a Functioning Drain Field

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How to Maintain Your Drain Field

Your drain field is a crucial part of your septic system. This is the gateway that allows wastewater to enter back into the environment. It’s essential to keep your drain field in mind when maintaining your septic system.

The drain field acts as a filter, and therefore needs to be in good working order for your system to operate properly. Here are some ways to maintain your drain field for optimal performance.

Let Bacteria Do the Work

Bacteria is the most important factor in breaking down waste in your septic tank. When waste enters the tank, solids and liquids separate, and the solids sink to the ground. The bacteria in the system then break down the solids, allowing the fluid to be removed and treated.

If the bacteria isn’t active, the “sludge” won’t separate from the liquid and create a solid layer on the bottom of the tank. This can cause solids to move into the drain field, causing a clog or backup.

Keep These Items Out

Ensuring your septic tank and drain field operates properly goes back to watching what you put down the drain. Oil and grease can cause clogs and also damage pipes. Plus, avoid dumping harsh chemicals, anti-bacterial cleaners, and other bacteria-killing products down the drain, as these will deplete the presence of essential bacteria in the tank.

Regular Maintenance

Make sure your septic tank is pumped regularly, not just for your tank’s health but for your drain field as well. An ideal time frame is every three to five years, though it depends more on your use and home size.

You should also watch the area around your drain field for unexpected floods or extremely lush grass, as this may indicate a leak. Sewage backing up into your home is another sign that there is an issue with the drain field or your tank in general.

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