One of the best things about living in Florida is the year-round ability to have a beautiful landscape. Unfortunately, in the endeavor to have the lushest front yard, many residents unknowingly put their septic system at risk. If you are experiencing drain field problems, it could be that your landscaping is a part, if not all, of the problem.
A conventional septic system has a drain field that is only a few inches below the soil. This is particularly true with a mound system. For it to operate properly and not encounter drain field problems, the water flow from the septic tank to the drain field cannot be hampered by roots. To be on the safe side, only grass should be planted in your home’s drain field and septic area. If you really just have to have something more colorful, consider only plants that do not need much water and that do not have complex or deep root systems. It is also imperative that you do any cultivating in that area by hand. Never use a rototiller or do deep shoveling. Furthermore, since roots can travel, it is not a good idea to plant any trees or shrubs close by.
If you are experiencing drain field problems, give us a call at Quality Septic Inc. If you would like to know if your landscaping or something else is causing drain field problems, do not hesitate to contact us for an assessment of the situation. We have served Plant City, Florida and surrounding communities for over 25 years, resolving drain field problems, repairs, and installations.