Most lawns have one section of grass that grows greener and faster, especially during the dry, summer months. If you’ve noticed this phenomenon, you may be surprised to learn why that section of grass is so special: it’s probably directly above your home’s septic drain field.

Septic Tank Drain Field - FloHawks Plumbing + Septic in WashingtonAfter your home’s septic tank has separated incoming wastewater, it becomes effluent—gray water rich in organic materials—and flows into the septic drain field (or leach field). Located underground, the soil surrounding the drain field is enriched by the effluent.

The drain field is also a complex part of your home’s septic system; when a drain field is installed along with a septic tank, it has to undergo a series of tests. If you’re looking to have a drain field installed, repaired, or maintained, we’ve got the answer; our highly trained, licensed, insured and bonded technicians know plumbing and septic systems, ensuring the one in your home works flawlessly—drain to drain field.

Drain Field Problems

Because the drain field is the last step for effluent in your home’s septic system, any issues that might lead to its failure can be prevented by first ensuring your septic tank is properly maintained. Typically, anything that can cause the septic tank to fail will also affect your drain field, resulting in material passing through the septic tank being processed less efficiently, leading to solid material entering the drain field.

There are various signs of drain field problems, and they all start with your septic tank:

  • Puddles of standing water in your lawn with a pungent odor
  • Frequent plumbing backups inside the home
  • Draining through fixtures has slowed dramatically
  • Odd sounds throughout the home’s plumbing system

In severe cases, a damaged drain field will cause large amounts of wastewater to flood your home! It’s important to maintain your septic tank and drain field regularly.

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Drain Field Repair & Maintenance

A healthy plumbing and septic system begins in the drains of your home and ends in your drain field. If one part isn’t properly maintained, the other parts will be affected. If you’ve experienced some of the signs of drain field problems, give a FloHawks technician a call at (253) 499-8855 or use our convenient Schedule Your Service tool.

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