Signs Your Septic System’s Drain Field Is In Trouble

Apr 10, 2023

Signs Your Septic System’s Drain Field Is In Trouble

One of the key components of a septic system is the drain field, which helps filter and dispose of wastewater. However, your drain field can fail over time due to various factors. At Septic Blue of Charlotte, we are septic system experts specializing in drain field maintenance and other septic services. As septic system experts, we know the signs of a failing drain field.

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This article provides 7 signs your septic system’s drain field is in trouble and you need to call in a professional septic company.

Unusual, Bright Green Grass above Drainfield

When a drain field fails, wastewater can no longer be properly filtered and dispersed into the soil. This leads to nutrient-rich wastewater accumulating and causing vegetation over the drain field to become excessively green and lush.

Bathtubs, Showers, And Sinks Drain Very Slowly.

Ordinarily, slow drains might indicate a clog somewhere in the drain lines. However, if multiple fixtures are draining slowly, it could be a sign that your drain field is not working properly.

Bad Odors around the Septic Tank or Drain Field

The area around your septic tank or drain field should be completely odor-free. When you smell an unpleasant odor compared to that of rotten eggs, that is an obvious sign that something isn’t functioning properly. A smell of sewage near your septic tank or drain field means the waste is not being properly processed and is releasing gases.

There’s Standing Water Building Up Near Your Drain Field

A properly functioning drain field should be able to drain water efficiently, so any standing water that persists for more than a short period of time can indicate a problem with your drain field system. If you see standing water on the ground near your drain field that doesn't drain away within a short period, it could be a sign that your drain field is failing. This may be caused by the soil becoming clogged or compacted.

Water (Or Sewage) Is Backing Up Inside Your Home

A failing drain field cannot properly filter and disperse wastewater into the soil, leading to sewage backups into your home.

Gurgling Sounds

Gurgling sounds coming from your plumbing fixtures, such as toilets or sinks, can be a sign of drain field failure. A clogged drain field prevents proper wastewater drainage and causes air to get trapped in the plumbing lines. This trapped air can create gurgling sounds as water flows through the pipes.

If you notice any of these signs, it is important to contact a nearby septic company to inspect your septic system and make the necessary repairs.

How To Prevent Septic System’s Drain Field Failure

  • Have your septic system pumped regularly-- regular septic tank pumping removes the accumulated solids from the tank and helps prevent them from reaching the drain field.
  • Use water efficiently to avoid overloading your drain field
  • Avoid flushing harmful materials down your drains
  • Don’t park or drive over your drain field
  • Have your septic system inspected regularly by a reliable septic company

Contact Septic Blue Of Charlotte For Help With Maintaining Your Septic System’s Drain Field

If you’re looking for a trusted septic company to help you with drain field repair or maintenance, you can trust the team at Septic Blue Of Charlotte to do an exceptional job. Septic Blue Of Charlotte is a professional septic company offering reliable and budget-friendly septic system services in North Carolina. From septic installations to septic tank pumping, septic tank repair, septic cleaning, drain field repair, and septic system maintenance, you can rely on Septic Blue Of Charlotte to help you keep your septic system running smoothly.