If you’re inquiring about a leach field, we have you covered. Here’s what you need to know about these fields and how we can help.
What Is A Leach Field?
You may see this phrase associated with your septic tank. The truth is, a leach field is just another name for a septic drain field! Your leach field, or drain field as we call it, is located in a wide-open area and consists of a distribution box, as shown below, and a series of pipes and underground channels that allow the system to function properly.
The wastewater that comes from your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room are partially treated in your septic tank and then they make their way into the distribution box and then into the leach field pipes for drainage into the surrounding soil. This entire process allows the natural bacteria in your soil to turn untreated wastewater into perfectly clean groundwater for your yard. It’s a win-win!
How To Maintain A Leach Field
Your septic field is ultimately the most important and expensive component of your system. It has the biggest influence on your septic system’s lifespan, so that’s why it’s critical that you take good care of it to avoid costly repairs.
Here are some tips to ensure you’re properly maintaining your drain field and maximizing the life of your investment:
- Avoid flushing diapers, plastics, pet food, cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, paper towels and anything other than toilet paper down your toilets
- If you see standing water above your drain field or smell a foul odor, contact us ASAP
- Minimize the use of your garbage disposal
- Do not allow grease down your drains
- Spread laundry out over a series of days instead of doing multiple loads in a short period of time
- Do not plant trees or shrubs over a leach field
- Do not drive over a leach field
Be sure to get your septic tank pumped every three or so years to avoid backup which happens when some of the above items happen consistently, so be mindful of your everyday use.
For more information about a leach field and how we can help install or maintain yours, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to be your go-to resource for all your septic needs!