Drain Fields: What They Are and What They Do

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If you are new to living with a septic system, then you may not completely understand the different parts and what they do. Our team at Quality Septic Inc. wants to help you take the best possible care of your system, and to do that, you need to know how it works. In this article, we’ll focus on one part of septic systems–namely, drain fields–and provide an overview of how they work and what they do in the system as a whole.

Drain Fields: What They Are and What They Do

  • What Drain Fields Are. To put it simply, drain fields are networks of pipes that connect to septic tanks. These pipes slope downward and away from the tank, spreading outward as they go. They also have holes cut into their sides and are filled with porous materials such as gravel.
  • What Drain Fields Do. Drain fields are used to manage the liquid waste that comes out of septic tanks, eliminating impurities before the water rejoins the natural water table. Without a drain field, your septic tank would simply overflow, leaving you with foul-smelling and hazardous runoff in your yard–in fact, as we at Quality Septic Inc. can attest, this is exactly what happens when the drain field is blocked. With a functioning drain field, though, wastewater flows smoothly out of your tank and through the pipe network for filtration and treatment before ultimately being released back into the ground. The drain field also prevents any wildlife from ingesting wastewater before it is filtered properly.

We at Quality Septic Inc. hope this article was helpful and that it gave you insight into how to best maintain this important part of your septic system. If you have further questions, we encourage you to give us a call.