The septic system of your home uses a combination of components to treat waste. The tank is what deals with the solids, where they are naturally broken down by bacteria. Once the bacteria have broken down solids, an affluent or liquid waste product is left, which goes to a drain field. If the drain field is working properly, the waste is filtered through the soil. This is one of the places where many common problems with a septic system can start. Here are some solutions that you may want to consider to address issues with a failing drain field:
1. Problems Causing Septic System Overburden Issues
Overburden is when your septic system has too much solids or liquids and fills quickly. This can lead to solids getting into the drain field or plumbing lines in your home. This can be caused by using materials that are not septic safe, overuse of water or poor bacteria levels in the tank. To deal with this problem, the tank will need to be cleaned. You may also want to watch water use and materials that go into your septic system. In addition, the bacteria levels can be checked and a treatment added to help promote healthier bacteria levels in your septic system.
2. Solids Clogging Drain Field And Collapsed Lines That Need Repair
One of the problems that are likely to affect your septic system is lines becoming clogged. This can be in two places; the line that goes from your home to the tank, or the line going to the drain field. Buildup from things like grease can cause these lines to become blocked and lead to a full septic tank. If the problem is the sewer line going from your home to the tank, it can cause plumbing issues in your home. Often, these problems can be solved by simply cleaning the lines, so that they drain again.
3. Over Saturated Soils That Do Not Filter Affluent Well Enough Or Lead To Other Problems
Saturation of soils where the drain field is installed can be another issue with a septic drain field that you may have to deal with. This is common with older systems, which may require the installation of a new drain field. Another option is to talk with the septic repair service about soil reconditioning to help improve filtration and save on the installation of a new drain field.
These are some of the issues that you may want to consider to deal with a failing drain field. If you need help with maintenance and repairs to your septic system, contact a septic repair service, like Mr Bob, and talk with them about some of these solutions for drain field problems.