Septic drain fields are an alternative solution to more popular waste removal systems. Although the septic drain field system has not quite reached common parlance, they are quickly growing in popularity, due to the fact that they offer an inexpensive alternative to more complicated systems. In addition, septic drain fields tend to be able to be installed by amateurs, lending themselves to the DIY culture that is quickly growing in popularity. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn how to adequately define septic drain fields, the signs that your septic drain field is having a problem, and the various ways you can maintain your septic drain field.
What Is A Drain Field?
A drain field is ultimately a septic system that is used to remove various impurities from your septic tank. Various small trenches are dug into the soil near your septic tank. Within these trenches are placed porous piping that is connected to your septic tank. Loose gravel is placed near the piping to steady and stabilize the piping, such that is not jostled around. Finally, a layer of soil is placed back on top of the piping. These precautions are taken so animals and plant life do not reach these areas where wastewater tends to flow. As the wastewater flows from the septic tank into the piping of the septic field, it is essentially metabolized and transformed. The water is purified from this process and the extra waste is converted into compost drainage. This drainage, which enters your soil, is not only safe, but beneficial for your lawn. It adds to the richness and quality of the soil.
Signs Your Septic Field Is Having Problems
Problems with your septic field can be caused by numerous things. One of the most common problems is that people sometimes tend to use high grade, industrial strength bathroom cleaning supplies that eventually make their way down toilet drains. Likewise, strong medications used to treat various diseases should stay away from toilet drains at all costs. This can cause your septic tank to back up, and an overflow of hazardous wastes can emerge from your septic field.
If you notice that your septic tank is making loud, uncommon noises, if your toilet is taking a long time to properly flush, and simply if you notice waste overflow in your septic field, then there is a definite problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Remember that your septic tank and field are just liked any other part of your household: they demand to be cleaned somewhat regularly. Having an unclean field can lead to clogs and various other problems associated with waste.
Ways To Maintain Your Septic Field
Depending on the problem that you are having with your septic field, there is a variety of ways you can address such problems. There are, for example, a wide array of high quality septic field products that are available for purchase that can usually solve any state of emergency your septic system finds itself in. For example, if you are having problems with your field remaining clean, you can usually pour a solution into the head of your septic tank in order to fix the problem, removing any excess waste or "black slime" that tends to coagulate inside of your septic field pipes. In addition, stray tree roots that have a tendency to grow inside of septic field pipes can also be destroyed using this technique. You should also have septic tank pumping performed regularly to ensure that your tank does not back up completely into your septic field.
Although maintaining a septic field can occasionally be a difficult proposition, it is also an excellent, hands on approach to maintaining your home and disposing of waste.
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