Prevention of problems is key to enjoying a long life from drain fields.
It might surprise you how many people take diligent care of their home’s septic tank, yet are unsure about what drain fields need to continue performing as they should. At Tampa Bay Septic, we proudly serve the septic needs of the Brandon, Florida community, including being a valuable resource for information about how to care for both septic tanks and drain fields.
Drain fields are the component of septic systems where the liquids from the septic tank go to be properly filtered before safely entering the soil and groundwater. In a properly working system, there isn’t extra water or effluent remaining, so if you have lush grass over your drain field, it is a sign there could be a problem. If the ground over drain fields is soggy, that is also an indication of a problem.
One of the most common problems to afflict drain fields is getting clogged with FOG (fats, oils, and grease) that has risen to the top of the septic tank and become such a thick layer that it spills over into the drain line that goes to the drain field. This is why it is highly recommended that you put as little FOGs down the drain as possible. Wipe out greasy pans and do not drain fried items directly into the sink. Another common issue is planting deeply rooted plants and trees too close to the drain field, resulting in the roots damaging it. Driving over the drain field is another way to damage it.
The good news is that many drain field issues can be resolved with repairs. The bad news is that some can only be resolved with drain field replacement. If you would like to avoid both repairs and replacement, don’t hesitate to ask us more about caring for drain fields. If you are having an issue, contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can assess and correct the problem.