We ask a lot of our septic systems. From washing laundry, to doing the dishes, to flushing the toilet, most of our everyday household activities put a strain on the system. And using too much water can seriously affect one of its most important parts—the drainfield.
What Exactly Causes Drainfield Problems?
So, the drainfield’s job is to hold water that leaves the septic tank until it can be absorbed into the surrounding soil. A problem here can manifest itself in many ways and is often more noticeable on days when your household is using a lot of water.
When water sits in the drain lines for too long, a slimy bacterial coating forms along the walls of the trench. This basically prevents proper drainage of wastewater. So, when the household overloads the septic system by using too much water, the lines are never allowed to dry out.
Another cause of failing drainfields is excessive solid waste accumulating in the bottom of the septic system. This puts the drainfield at a high risk of clogging when large amounts of water are flushed into the system.
How can you tell if your drainfield is in trouble? Here are 7 signs of a serious drainfield problem:
- Drain or Plumbing Noise:
Listen up. Gurgling drains are an early sign that the drain is venting improperly, which can signal a partial blockage. These sounds may also be noticed in other plumbing fixtures or even the toilet.
- Slow drains:
Sure, slow drains are annoying; but this can also be a sign of a bigger problem. Don’t hesitate to call a professional for help.
- Needing to Flush Repeatedly:
If you have a normal volume of water, but still need additional toilet flushes to remove waste, there’s a good chance you have a clogged or failing drainfield.
- Water Coming Up Through the Lower Level Drains:
Red flag! By the time this occurs, you have a septic failure or blockage that cannot be ignored.
- Wet Spots In the Yard:
In addition to the obvious areas of soggy earth, look for areas where you see greener or denser growth of grass or shrubbery.
- Black Slimy Substance on the Ground Above Septic Tank or Field Lines:
Sorry, this is another big red flag. It’s time to call a professional.
- Sewage Odor Outside or Inside:
If there are sewage odors coming from drains, or soggy sewage smelling wet areas on your property, the waste septic system is likely to be at fault.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to call a professional right away. The experts at Paradise Septic would be happy to assist you and fix any drainfield problems with your septic system—and give you advice to keep problems from happening again
Keep Drainfield Disasters from Happening to You
Too many homeowners fail to properly maintain their septic system. In fact, most are unaware that every household should have their septic system serviced and pumped at least every three years.
Perhaps you just purchased your home and don’t know much about the history of your system. You may be unaware that the use of water treatments, such as softeners, can inhibit necessary bacterial growth. Did you know that newer systems have filters that must be changed every year?
We understand that your septic system is a valuable and expensive asset to your home, but one that can quickly turn into a liability if not properly managed. The experts at Paradise Septic would be happy to assist you in evaluating your septic system, addressing any problems and concerns in the most professional, efficient, and timely manner. Contact us today.