It’s a strange phenomenon: There’s a spot in your yard where the plant life grows like weeds. In fact, there’s a spot in your yard where the weeds grow like weeds. You don’t water that spot any more than the rest of your yard, nor do you fertilize it more. You cannot figure out why the foliage is so hardy there, but no matter what you do, you cannot keep the plant life under control in this spot. We here at Express Septic Services have a pretty good idea what’s going on. Here’s what the problem might be.
Drain Field Leaks
If you have a septic system, it could be unintentionally fertilizing your yard. Usually, this problem, which can be fairly common, is in the drain field. To quickly explain how your septic system works, the water from your home exits it via a main pipe. Solids, such as human waste, settle down into the septic tank. Liquid waste moves into the drain field where it is disinfected and released into the ground. If your drain field is leaking or is clogged by things like hair and oil, the wastewater will not properly drain deep into the ground. This creates instant fertilizer for your plant life, including the unwanted weeds.
It Could Also Be the Septic Tank
Plant overgrowth isn’t isolated to the septic system drain field. The problem could also lie within the septic tank. If your septic tank is cracked or overflowing, the waste that settles to the bottom escapes from the tank. Human waste can act as a fertilizer just as much as manure does, whether you want it to or not. If your septic is decades old, chances are it is cracked or worn through. They only last so long. Tree roots can also crack the septic tank and debris can clog it.
Finally, if the overgrowth isn’t located over the drain field or septic tank, it could be your main line. If you know how your household plumbing system is laid out, you’ll know where the main line is. If the overgrowth is over that, you’ve got a leak somewhere most likely. If you don’t know how your plumbing system is mapped, we can map it for you and determine what’s below your yard’s overgrowth. If it is the drain field, septic tank, or main line, we can fix it.
Call Express Septic Services in Greenville, SC, today. We’ll see if your yard overgrowth is being caused by a problem with your septic system.