Drain Field Most Commonly Asked Questions

Nov 15, 2023

Drain Field Most Commonly Asked Questions

Here at Septic Blue of Charlotte, we talk a lot about drain fields in some of our posts. If you rely on a septic system for wastewater management in your home, there’s a good chance that you have a couple of questions about your drain field. We’ve put together this handy FAQ article to answer some of the common questions septic system owners ask about drain fields.

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  • What is a Drain Field?

The drain field, or leach field, is integral to a septic system. Its role is to distribute treated wastewater into the soil, allowing further filtration and absorption, ensuring the safe disposal of effluent without harming the environment.

  • What’s the Difference Between Drain Fields and Leach Fields?

In most cases, the terms drain field and leach field are used interchangeably, describing areas where treated water is absorbed into the soil.

  • How Big are Drain Fields?

The size of a drain field varies, but it's generally proportional to the size of the septic system and the soil's absorption capacity. A common range is 300 to 1,500 square feet.

  • How Long Does A Typical Drain Field Last?

A properly cared-for drain field can last between 30 to 40 years. Routine maintenance, such as septic tank pumping, and addressing issues promptly are key to maximizing its longevity.

  • Can I Build On Top of My Drain Field?

Building on top of a drain field is not recommended, as it may disrupt the system's efficiency.

  • Can I Plant Around My Drain Field?

Yes, but opt for grasses or shallow-rooted plants. Avoid trees or deep-rooted plants that may interfere with the drain field's function. For personalized advice, consult with a reputable septic company.

  • What Are The Common Drain Field Problems?

Common drain field issues include clogs from solids, excessive water use, soil compaction, or septic system malfunctions. Regular maintenance and timely drain field repairs can help to maintain a healthy drain field.

  • Why Is My Drain Field So Soggy?

A soggy drain field can result from overuse of water in your home or drain field failure. It's crucial to address this issue promptly to prevent sewage backup.

  • Is It Normal For A Drain Field To Be More Green Than The Other Areas Of My Lawn?

Yes, it's common for a drain field to appear greener due to nutrient-rich wastewater. However, an unusually vibrant green may indicate a potential issue that requires attention.

  • How Do I Make Sure My Drain Field Lasts?

Here’s what you can do to extend your drain field’s lifespan:

  • Ensure proper septic system maintenance.
  • Avoid excessive water use.
  • Schedule regular septic tank pumping to prevent solids from reaching the drain field.
  • Schedule regular septic system inspections.
  • Address minor issues before they become bigger and more expensive problems.
  • Direct rainwater and surface runoff away from the drain field to prevent oversaturation.
  • Do not park or drive heavy machinery or vehicles on the drain field.

My Drain Field Has Failed. What Next?

Reach out to a professional septic service company. They will assess the situation, advise on repair or replacement options, and guide you through the necessary steps to address the failed drain field.

We hope we’ve answered some of your drain field questions that you may be seeking answers to. Septic Blue of Charlotte has years of experience in drain field repair and maintenance. In addition, we offer reliable septic tank installation and septic tank repair. We are certified to provide septic services to both residential and commercial customers.