The septic system drain field, also known as a leach field, is one of the most important components of the entire system. The drain field is the end of the line for whatever goes into your septic system.
Solids, contaminants, and other impurities remain in the septic tank until it is pumped by a licensed pumper contractor. Water is the only byproduct that should enter the drain field. If you are a homeowner who relies on a septic system, there are several indicators that will make you aware that there is a problem with the drain field.
Clear signs of a damaged or failing drain field include:
- A strong odor surrounding the area of the drain field is a pretty clear sign that there is an issue. If everything is working properly, you should not detect an odor at all. Wastewater is extremely hazardous, and a malfunctioning system allows wastewater to come to the ground surface.
- Soggy or wet ground is a visible sign that you have a damaged drain field. The area around the drain field should be dry; if it is not, then a septic contractor should be contacted immediately.
- Excessive plant and grass growth in the area is typically caused by water leakage. If you are noticing unusually lush areas of grass above your drain field, it is time to have a professional assess the damage.
Any time something does not seem right concerning a drain field is cause for immediate action. Preventing further damage to your system by contacting a licensed septic pumper or contractor will save money and can prevent serious health issues from occurring. Regularly scheduled maintenance of a septic system is the first step in preventing problems with the entire septic system.
If you suspect that your septic system might be failing, don’t wait to take action. Call us at (951) 780-5922 right away. We have professionals ready to answer your questions and get your system working properly again.