Do You Need Drainfield Repair? 4 Signs You Do

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The wastewater from your home eventually winds up in the drainfield of your septic system. First, it goes to the septic tank where the waste is separated into floatable matter, wastewater, and solids that will sink to the bottom of the tank where it will form into sludge. The wastewater flows out of the septic tank through pipes into the drainfield where it will filter through the soil so as to avoid contamination of the groundwater. Some homeowners are unaware of the fact that there are times when the drainfield needs to be repaired. Here are a few signs when this may be the case at your home.

Slow Drains

Have you noticed that your water is not draining out of the bathtub or sink as quickly as it normally does? If the drainfield and/or septic tank is clogged, then the wastewater from your home essentially has nowhere to go which could result in slow drains. If it is just one drain in the home that is clogged, then it is probably just a clog in the plumbing pipe. However, if all of the household drains are moving slowly, then it is likely the drainfield that needs repair.

Pooling Water

When the drainfield becomes clogged, it is unable to filter wastewater adequately. As a result, water will begin to pool in the yard. If your septic tank becomes overloaded or if the tank begins to leak, you may not raw sewage in the lawn, which can lead to serious issues with contamination.

Extremely Lush Grass

Are there patches of your yard that are extra green and lush? If so, this may be a result of additional enzymes and bacteria that has seeped out of the septic tank and into your drainfield. To prevent further contamination, it is important that you reach out to a professional for drainfield repair.

Foul Sewage Odor

If you have noticed a foul sewage odor when you're in your backyard, it is definitely a sign of an issue with your household septic system. These odors may only be around the septic tank or the drainfield, or the odors may be noticeable across your entire backyard. In some cases, you may even start to smell the odors inside your home, especially when the drainfield and septic tank are overfilled with waste.

If you would like to schedule a septic tank drainfield repair, or you aren't sure whether you need repairs to your drainfield, contact a professional in your area.

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