Drain field problems are no fun for any homeowner. At Quality Septic Inc. of Plant City, FL, we understand this and are ready to help. Let’s look at what a drain field is, the signs you may notice that indicate a problem and how to resolve those problems.
What is a drain field?
Within a larger septic system, the drain field is the part of the system that filters the water released by the septic tank and sends it flowing into the surrounding ground.
This is an “out of sight, out of mind” deal, when everything’s working properly. When there are problems, you’ll usually know about them. Watch for these three common signs that your drain field needs attention.
You smell sewage
One sign that you may have drain field problems is the smell of sewage. A properly functioning septic system will not release any sewage odors into the air, so a noticeable stink is a sign that something is definitely wrong.
If you notice a sewage smell anywhere on your property, but particularly near the tank and drain field, your first step should be to call us so we can find out exactly what’s happening and get the problem resolved.
Your drains are slow
Another indicator that you may have drain field problems is slow drainage in your toilets, sinks and showers. If these fixtures become slow to drain, the likely cause is a blockage somewhere in your tank or drain field, which gives the water inside your home nowhere to go.
It’s important to note that a single slow drain or sluggish toilet isn’t necessarily a septic system issue. Toilets and drains can become clogged for many reasons, so you need to take other measures to fix a single drain issue. However, if all the drains in your home are giving you trouble, the drain field or septic tank probably is to blame.
Your yard has wet spots
A third sign that you have drain field problems is the presence of wet patches or standing water in your yard, especially around the septic tank or drain field. This means that, for one reason or another, sewage liquids aren’t being processed correctly.
If you notice any puddles or even slightly soggy patches near the drain field or septic tank, give us a call so we can evaluate the issue and find out what is needed to fix it.
Licensed drain field inspections
The way to avoid many drain field issues is by scheduling regular inspections of your system. Many times, problems begin in areas where a person can’t see and then worsen to the point that major drain field repair work is required to solve them.
Our experienced septic inspectors are able to spot very early signs of malfunction and damage, thereby saving you the expense of heavy-duty repairs.
Drain field repairs, inspections and installations
Quality Septic is here to help with all your septic system needs, from drain field and septic system installation and repair to complete inspections of your entire system. Give us a call today at (813) 754-9891 or get in touch through our contact form.