Your septic drain field plays just as significant a role in proper wastewater treatment as your septic tank. Acme Environmental Services provides safe and efficient Orlando drain field installation that will allow your septic system to function at its best.
If you are the owner of a septic system, you probably spend more time thinking about the health of your septic tank than any other part of the system. The tank is the component where all of the wastewater from your home or business is initially transported. It is where the most purification of the waste takes place. If the septic tank breaks down, it can result in foul odors, pooling water, and other unpleasant scenarios. But did you know that your septic drain field plays just as much of a role in proper waste treatment as the tank?
Even though these are two different components, they rely on one another to perform the very important task of safely and effectively treating the waste that comes from your home or business. Let’s find out more about Orlando drain field installation and why it is such an important part of your septic system as a whole.
What Is A Septic Drain Field?
Septic drain fields, also known as leach fields, are located beneath the ground, usually about 18-36 inches below the surface. They are a series of pipes attached to your septic system that are responsible for further purifying the effluent that has been anaerobically digested by the bacteria in your septic tank.
How Does A Septic Technician Know Where To Install A Drain Field?
Each state has specific regulations for where drain fields must be installed. This includes the distance from your house, other bodies of water, and other structures on your property. Considerations that Orlando drain field installation teams make prior to installation include:
Soil suitability – Soil suitability for drain fields is determined based on the results of a percolation test that is conducted prior to installation. A certified septic technician will perform a percolation test by digging into the soil where a drain field installation is being considered. Water is poured into the soil and is monitored for the time it takes for the water to be absorbed into the soil.
In order for a site to be deemed appropriate for drain field installation, the soil must be able to absorb water at a rate that will prevent oversaturation and contamination in the soil during wastewater treatment.
Distance from your home or business – Drain fields must be placed in a location where they will not be hindered by any structure, including your home or business.
A drain field’s elevation must be lower than that of your septic tank. The slope at which a drain field is installed allows gravity to naturally aid in the direction the water flows as it undergoes treatment and redistributes into the soil.
If it is not possible for your drain field to be installed at a lower elevation, it may be necessary for you to have a septic pump installed, as well.
Trees and other landscaping – Septic drain fields need to be located far enough away from tree root systems, plants, and landscaping structures to ensure that the septic drain field will not be damaged, and that no other factor interferes with its function or servicing. Tree root systems can puncture drain field components, resulting in flooding, damage to your property, plumbing backups, and damage to your septic tank. Septic technicians will evaluate these elements before determining where to place your septic drain field.
What Can Happen If My Septic Drain Field Malfunctions?
Septic drain field malfunction can occur for many reasons. The most common reasons come as a result of not maintaining regular septic pump-outs and inspections. Some signs that your drain field may be failing include:
- Pooling water
- Odors from wastewater
- Slow drains
- Green, lush grass over your drain field
- Gurgling sounds in your plumbing
- Backups in septic tank
If any of these problems develop, contact an expert from Acme to evaluate the health of your septic drain field. You may be in need of a replacement.
How Can I Care For My Septic Drain Field After It Is Installed?
Maintain routine pumping and inspection appointments
The most effective way to maintain your septic drain field is to schedule regular septic pumping appointments and inspection for your septic system. Routine septic pumping should be performed once every 3-5 years. Regular pump-outs ensure that your septic tank is maintained, stays free of clogs, and that your wastewater is sufficiently broken down.
Sign up for automated reminders for your septic cleaning appointments
For anyone who would like extra help being reminded of when their next septic cleaning is due, Acme also offers automated reminders to customers. Opt-in to ensure you never miss out on your routine septic pump-outs and inspections!
Only dispose of septic-approved objects and substances in toilets and drains Even the highest-quality septic systems should be treated with the utmost care, which means never flushing or draining items that septic tanks cannot break down. These items include:
- Dental floss
- Baby wipes
- Feminine hygiene items
- Paper towels
- Kitty litter
- Fats, grease, and oils
If objects such as these find their way into your septic system, they will create clogs, backups, and potential damage to your septic system and drain field. Take preventative measures and make sure that every member of your home or business is aware of these important septic-care rules.
Take your septic drain field into account when making landscaping decisions
Any future landscaping, including planting trees, installing sprinkler systems, and building any structures, should not conflict with your drain field’s operation or accessibility when being serviced.
Contact Acme For Septic Drain Field Installation
Whether you are a new homeowner in need of an installation, or your existing drain field is worn out or damaged, Acme has got you covered.