What You Need to Know About Your Septic System’s Drain Field

If you have a septic system on your property, then you probably know that the drain field is an important component of that system. And just like any component of your septic system, you’ll need to know how to care for it properly. Here’s what you need to know about your septic system’s drain field.

 

What is a drain field?

 

A drain field, sometimes called a leach field, is a necessary part of your septic system. It usually just looks like a grassy area of your yard on the surface. But underneath, there’s quite a bit going on. Under the ground of your drain field, there are a series of trenches, pipes, and septic components all connecting to your septic tank. As your tank breaks down waste, the wastewater is released into pipes. These pipes run the length of your drain field, and effluent eventually spills out evenly through the field.

 

Can you landscape over your drain field?

 

While you should generally keep your drain field clear, growing grass and certain plants around its surface are safe. However, invasive bushes and trees should always be avoided. Tree roots can be disastrous for septic pipes and have completely infiltrated underground pipes.

 

What else do you need to know about your drain field?

 

Here are some important things to remember about your drain field:

 

  • Never Park vehicles or equipment on your drain field
  • Never allow children to play on your drain field or near your tank
  • Keep the tank cover on at all times
  • Call a septic company if you see standing water or lush green areas on your drain field

 

For all your drain field questions or anything involving your septic system, give Affordable Pumping Services a call. We’re here for all your septic tank needs!