Puyallup Drain Field Services
Drain field failure is the most frequent cause of sewage ponding on the ground or clogging of household plumbing.
This is commonly due to a reduction of soil percolation rates. Repairing or replacing damaged drain field pipes will provide you with a more efficient and trouble-free septic system. A new drain field will extend the life of your on-site sewage system, save on maintenance costs, and protect water quality.
Your Septic Tank
The septic tank is a large, underground container where the bacteria does its job. All of the wastewater from your toilet, bath, kitchen, and laundry flows into the tank. Keep in mind that your septic tank will work only if the bacteria in it are healthy and hungry. If they get sick or die, your septic tank will start sending undigested waste out to the drain field which will quickly plug it up.
The Drain Field
The septic drain field consists of a network of perforated pipes laid in gravel-filled trenches in the soil and is the most expensive component of the septic tank drainage system. The soil in the drain field provides the final treatment and disposal of the septic tank effluent. The septic drain field also has the biggest influence on the septic system life expectancy. If the solids that settle to the bottom of the tank are not removed by periodic pumping (every 3-5 years), they will accumulate and eventually overflow into the drain field, causing extensive damage.
Drain Field Failures
When a drain field fails, it’s often because the septic tank wasn’t pumped often enough. Sludge and scum layers can grow so thick that there’s little space left for wastewater to stand while ingredients separate. A full tank allows grease and solids to get into the drain field and overload it, resulting in foul-smelling water rising to the surface or creating backups in plumbing fixtures and preventing treatment of all wastewater. By the time you notice, it is likely that the drain field needs replacement.