There are many components of your septic system that need regular maintenance. One area of your septic system that may get neglected is the drain field. Just as your tank needs to have regular pumping done, it is also important to regularly do the maintenance that is needed for your septic drain field. Some things that need to be done are simple as preventing the problems with roots or avoiding putting heavy loads over the drain field. Here are some tips that will help you avoid some of the most common problems with your septic drain field:
1. Avoiding Septic Root Problems with The Right Plants Over Drain Fields
There are many problems with household plumbing that are caused by roots of trees and certain plants. There may be some plants that are aromatic and good to plant over your septic system, while others can cause damage to the drain field. If you want to plant a meadow over your septic system, use perennial plants with shallow root systems and avoid shrubs or trees that can cause damage to the drain field. You also want to avoid plants like ivy, that grow quickly and can cause problems with your septic system.
2. Problems with Collapsed Lines That Are Caused by Heavy Loads Over Septic Systems
Heavy loads are a problem that often affects septic drain fields. Many homeowners do not even know where the drain field is located, which leads to problems with heavy loads causing lines to collapse. Make a drawing of your home with the location of the septic drain field on it. Avoid putting heavy loads over the drain field, which include vehicles, above ground pools and heavy landscaping structures. These heavy objects could cause the drain field pipes to collapse and need to be replaced.
3. The Maintenance of The Septic Tanks and How Neglect Affects Drain Fields
One of the areas of your septic system that needs a lot of maintenance is the tank. If you do not have the tank pumped as needed, it can lead to problems with solids getting into the drain field and costly repairs. Contact a septic pumping service to schedule pumping and inspection of your tank every few years to ensure that there are not any problems.
These are some tips that will help you avoid some of the most common problems with your septic drain field. Before you begin to have problems, contact a septic tank pumping service and make sure your tank gets pumped and inspected when needed.