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The Top Four Signs of Septic Drain Field Failure

Hey, it's Mark Reynolds here, to teach you how to diagnose whether your septic drain field has failed. There are typically clear signs of septic drain field failure. These are the four most common signs: 1.) Sluggish outside house drains 2.) Foul odors outside 3.) Surfacing or ponding sewage 4.) Liquid sewage running back to your tank after pumping The U.S. EPA estimates 25% of all septic systems have failed, [...]

Rain and Septic Drain Fields – The True Effects

We receive calls all the time from folks who tell us their drain field is failing, because they have gotten a lot of rain, which must be the reason. I'd like to clear up some misconceptions and provide accurate information on the relationship between heavy rain and septic drain fields. Heavy amounts of rain only accentuate the problem (makes the failure more noticeable). When a system fails, it's usually not [...]

Are Self-Dispensing Toilet Cleaners Safe for Septic Systems?

Hey Folks, it's Mark Reynolds here, with a little advice on whether to use self-dispensing toilet cleaners or not. We live in a time where people want easy solutions to routine tasks, so these products are increasing in popularity. However, we do not recommend using any self-dispensing cleaners, because of the frequency of use. These cleaners have harsh chemicals that affect your system's biological health. Using toilet cleaners on an [...]

Top 3 Septic Maintenance Tips

It's Mark Reynolds here, with a little advice on taking care of your septic system. Here are my top three septic maintenance tips to keep your septic system working smoothly: If there's one thing you should do, it's to have your system pumped and inspected every two years. The second best thing you can do is add both a soil conditioner and bio-stimulant nutrient, which keeps your system's bacteria healthy [...]

Contacting Septic Drainer

Hey Folks, it's your Septic Drainer friends here. We want to give our customers many ways to contact us, so we can help assist you with all your septic repair needs! Here is some more information on contacting Septic Drainer. You may fill out this form to send us an email. You can also call us at 518-812-0000. Or, if you simply go to, we also have a live [...]

What Are Septic Drain Fields?

Not all septic drain fields are the same, but then again they are. Here are a few examples of the different design types: 1) The conventional type, consisting of a two-chambered septic tank, distribution box, stone, sand and perforated plastic piping. 2) The raised mount system type, consisting of a three-chambered septic tank; the third chamber being a pump chamber, a raised system built up on sand, distribution box, stone, [...]

Fall Septic Maintenance Reminder

With winter coming, it is a great time to think about your septic system's health and the fall septic maintenance tasks you may want to consider. We always recommend pumping your system every two years. Adding the proper additives is also very important; please understand you have the biological health and the drain field soil health to be concerned with. Remember, the EPA says 90% of septic failures happen in the [...]

How to Repair Septic Systems Using Septic Drainer

Hello, it's your friends at Septic Drainer here. In this post, we'd like to share information and steps to take that will explain how to repair septic systems using our Septic Drainer line of products. First, some context. Did you know that according to the U.S. EPA, 90% of septic failures are in the drain field, leach field or seepage pit? Did you also know that there are many types [...]

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