Most of the time you can’t even tell the difference in whether you are in a home connected to the city sewer or one with a septic tank. When you have a septic system it can be easy to forget just how much space it can take up because so much of it happens underground, including what is called the drain field. While some septic system issues are easier to understand and diagnose, it can be difficult to know when you are in need of a small adjustment or a drain field repair from a professional.
Understanding Your Septic System and Drain Field
A septic system is an underground water and waste management option for homes and properties that are not connected to the city or a centralized sewer system. Everything that passes through your plumbing passes through your septic system, from bathroom waste to kitchen drains to your laundry. This type of sewage system uses a combination of microorganisms and technology to both treat the wastewater from inside your home and reduce the solids, and allows for the treated liquids to release into what is called a drain field. A drain field is a series of underground, perforated pipes leading from the septic tank and allows the water to trickle out into the soil and integrate back into the ecosystem.
Recognizing Drain Field Problems
There are a few signs that you may have an issue with the drain field as opposed to the septic tank itself. If the drain field is not functioning correctly, it can lead to a few examples here:
Sewage Backup into the Home
Any type of septic system can have its issues, but when sewage starts to back up in the pipes and flow into your home it can cause a real problem. Sewage backups can even lead to flooding and lead to unwanted waste inside your home. A sewage backup with a strong odor and darker colors is a sign that there may be an issue with the drain field.
Strong Sewage Smell Outside
A strong sewage smell outside of your home in the general area of your drain field can also be a sign that there is an issue in need of repair. If you aren’t sure where your drain field is located then a professional can help you know where to look, though the pipes are all underground. Standing water near the drain field, especially when it hasn’t rained, accompanied by the sewage smell is also a sign of a drain field issue.
Increased Frequency of Septic Tank Pumping
In general, you may need to have septic tank pumping in Snellville GA done every 3 to 5 years. If you start to notice the time in between pumps is decreasing then it may be time to call in a professional to assess the drain field for possible issues in need of immediate repair.
How to Know When Repairs Are Needed
When it comes of your septic tank, it is always better to be safe than sorry so you don’t have to experience any sewage odors or worry about any flooding inside the home. If this type of thing does occur, though, then it is best to call in the professionals right away. Recognizing signs of drain field damage can help septic system specialists identify the problem sooner in the hopes that the issues are still minor. If you wait too long to contact a professional then the problem can lead to significant repairs that are more expensive and can disrupt your yard and home.
Preventative Maintenance Can Cut Down on Repair Costs
If you live in the greater Atlanta area then schedule preventative maintenance with Septic Masters. Regular and thorough maintenance to your septic tank and system can help cut down on issues with your drain field and help the septic tank function optimally. Septic system professionals at Septic Masters will provide you with a road map of your septic system so you can better understand where everything is located and what other signs to look for. If you are in need of any drain field repairs, our team will work with you to find the best solution with the utmost sense of urgency because we know how important is to have a functioning home. Call Septic Masters any time, day or night, for any septic system issues or concerns so you can rest easy knowing your home is in good hands.