Why Do You Need A Septic Drain Field?

A septic drain field also called leach fields are used to remove contaminants and impurities from the liquid that emerges from the septic tank. The septic tank, the septic drain field, and the associated piping compose a complete septic tank system. The septic drain field is effective for disposal of organic materials. The drain field typically consists of an arrangement of trenches containing perforated pipes and porous material (often gravel) covered by a layer of sand to prevent animals and surface runoff from reaching the wastewater distributed within those trenches.Drain Field Repairs & Installations Ft. Myers, Naples, Pt. Charlotte

The liquid effluent, or wastewater, flows from the septic tank into a series of drain lines that allow the effluent to slowly percolate down through the soil in the drain field. Many different soil microbes will act to filter and cleanse the liquid effluent before the harmful bacteria in it has a chance to reach ground water. These soil microbes require oxygen to function optimally, and perform less effectively in compacted and/or saturated soils. This is why it is recommended to keep excessive traffic off the drain field to avoid over-compaction of the soils. It is also recommended to keep excessive moisture from flowing over the drain field. This can be accomplished by diverting runoff from a roof or driveway away from the drain field, and making sure that irrigation systems do not add excessive moisture. It is recommended that sprinkler heads be positioned so that no irrigation water comes within 10 feet of the drain field.

A septic tank system represents a significant investment, so some understanding of its workings will allow a homeowner to protect and care for his investment properly. Proper care and maintenance of the septic system will save time and money while protecting the environment. For more information about your drain field call the office of All Septic All Plumbing to schedule an onsite septic inspection.

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