Are you wondering if you’re doing everything right with your Sanford septic drain field? We’re sharing some steps for keeping your system well-maintained below!
Step 1: Inspect Your Septic Drain Field Often
When it comes to inspecting your Sanford septic drain field, the signs of malfunction can sometimes hit you right in the nose. When a septic tank isn’t working properly, it can smell especially foul or produce flooding around the septic lid.
It’s important to check on your drain field regularly for signs of concern. And if you ever see (or smell) something worrisome, be sure to let us know and we can find the root of the problem.
Step 2: Limit Water Usage
Drain fields are not designed to take unlimited amounts of water. In fact, too much water is a sure-fire way to back it up and inhibit its natural purifying effects.
Take a note to practice water conservation by fixing leaky faucets, using updated and low-volume technology, trying not to water your plants during the hottest time of the day, etc.
Step 3: Re-Structure Your Landscaping If Necessary
If you’ve found that your Sanford septic drain field is in the direct path of roots from nearby trees and shrubs, it would be in your best interest to relocate your landscaping to avoid damaging pipes.
It’s a good rule of thumb to keep all greenery at least 10 feet away. Grass, on the other hand, is the best choice to plant over your drain field due to its ability to soak up excess water.
Step 4: Be In Control Of Your Septic Sludge
You may know sludge as the goop that forms at the bottom of your septic tank when you dispose of solids and other non-degradable materials. If sludge accumulates and begins to interfere with your drain field, it can prevent the entire system from functioning.
Be sure to keep your septic tank top of mind to ensure sludge isn’t going to become an issue in the future. You can do this by having your system inspected regularly to see if pumping is a necessary measure.
For more information about how to care for your Sanford septic drain field, contact us today! We’d be happy to help you maximize the lifespan of your septic system for years to come.