The drain field is probably the most important part of any septic system. As the final destination during the wastewater treatment process, the drain field is responsible for treating effluent from the septic system and eventually absorbing it into the soil. In most cases, drain fields are designed to last from 25 to 30 years. That’s why it pays to maintain your septic drain field.
If you want to make sure your septic drain field lasts this long and you don’t run into any significant problems with it, you need to know what you should do to properly maintain it:
- The key to keeping your drain field in good shape is to manage your home’s water consumption. If too much water floods your drain field all at once, it may have a hard time managing the treatment and absorption process effectively.
- When you do laundry, space out loads throughout the week, instead of running loads back to back to back.
- In addition to proper wastewater management habits, there are other things you can do to preserve the lifespan and functionality of your drain field. For example, you should never try to flush something that doesn’t belong in your drain field down the toilet. If it can’t biodegrade, or is too large, it should be thrown out and not flushed.
- Refrain from parking vehicles or other heavy equipment on top of your property’s drain field.