Signs I’ve Got a Damaged Drain Field

Express Septic Services is going to list below the signs that your septic system’s drain field is damaged. It’s important that you call us right away so we can inspect the drain field and repair it or rebuild it if necessary. Problems with the drain field mean problems with your entire septic system and can also mean an environmental cleanup in your yard. Let’s talk more about this below.

Drains That Are Draining Slowly

One of the signs that there is a problem with the septic system, including the drain field, is slow running drains in your home. This can be an indication that the pipes that make up part of the drain field are clogged. This can also be an indication that the drain field has collapsed. Another reason why the drains in your homes will empty slowly is that your septic tank is full.

Excess Water in the Yard

It’s always a good idea to know where your septic system is in your yard. This helps you plan landscaping that won’t damage it. Both the septic tank and the drain field are underground. If you see excess water rising to the surface above the drain field, the drain field is leaking and clogged. The leak and clogged prohibit the water from sifting through the levels of the drain field and emptying into the groundwater supply.

Excess Plant Growth Above the Field

Naturally, where there is excess water there will also be excess plant growth. As such, you should never see more weeds above the drain field or the septic tank than you do in the rest of your yard. If you do see a ton of weeds above the drain field, it is leaking and needs to be repaired.

Rancid Sewage Odors in the Yard

You may also smell sewage odors above the drain field if the wastewater is leaking out of the pipes. This can also happen if the tank is cracked or overflowing. It’s crucial that you have your septic tank pumped every three to five years and the system inspected once a year to avoid sewage release.

Water in the Septic Tank

Finally, we will be able to tell if the drain field is malfunctioning if we find water in your septic tank. This is a sign that the pipes are clogged and the water is backing up into the tank.

Call Express Septic Services in Greenville, SC, today to set up a visit so we can inspect your drain field if you are having any of the problems listed above.

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