On Friday, March 20 it will officially be spring! (Even though the weather may seem to still be that of a winter wonderland in some areas.) That means it’s time for spring drain field maintenance.
In spring we all enjoy an outdoor activity or two. Going for walks, biking, hiking and prepping our gardens for planting beautiful flowers or delicious fruits and veggies is great. Breaking out the patio furniture along with the outdoor grill and taking control of your outdoor oasis again is another favorite. And how about just enjoying the sunshine that we’ve missed oh so much? Spring is a special season, as the trees and other foliage begin to once again take shape and brighten up our days.
Spring drain field maintenance is critical. Why? Spring is the time when the snow finally melts away and we can put the unpleasant memories of snow shovels and plows to rest. (At least for a few months.) As the ground begins to thaw and things start flowing freely again, you may notice that your septic drain field has water on top. It could be 1 inch of water or 5 inches of water, but either way it is a sign that your drain field is not draining properly. Don’t let this ruin your spring! Spring drain field maintenance is the answer. There are things you can do to restore and rejuvenate your drain field that won’t cost you thousands of dollars.
First, the best thing any homeowner can do is learn about and understand your septic system. Learn about the components, how they work, how they fail and also how to maintain them to reduce your risk of septic failure. In the septic tank the solid waste settles to the bottom of the tank and there is a layer of scum that floats on the top of the tank. In the middle is wastewater, which will flow out of the septic tank and into the drain field. It is important to have your tank pumped about every three years to remove this solid waste at the bottom of the tank. This of course depends on the size of your household and also the size of the tank.
From the septic tank, the waste water flows into the distribution box, which is where the pipes meet before they branch out to the drain field. The pipes leading out to the drain field are perforated pipes with gravel surrounding the pipes. As the water slowly drains from the pipes and into your drain field soil, the soil works as a sort of filter and eventually makes your wastewater clean groundwater once again!
Most septic systems are only gravity powered…no pumps needed! Each component of the septic tank relies on the ability of the drain field to absorb water. If your drain field is failing, your whole system is failing. A failure in the drain field can lead to back-ups in your sinks, tubs and toilets.
Your Septic System and Drain Field
The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that 90% of septic systems stop working because of failures in the septic drain field. Why do drain fields fail? Because of sodium. Sodium is found in shampoos, soaps, laundry soaps and in our diets. Also, a water softener can add a large amount of sodium to your septic system.
When this sodium reaches the drain field, it combines with the soil and creates hard pan. Hard pan is impervious to water. If hardpan is present, the soil will not be able to percolate properly. As a result the water has nowhere to go. This is when you may experience a wet area above the drain field or back-ups into your home.
Now that you know about your septic system and how it works, you should realize how important it is to maintain this system. But just in case you haven’t yet, think of everything in your house that requires water use: cooking, dish washing, laundry, bathing/showering, cleaning, etc. The septic system is one of the most (if not the most) important components for your home. Unfortunately most people don’t really think about it until they are experiencing a problem. Avoid the problem and for once take the easy road!
Septic Drainer is formulated to drive the sodium from the soil and chemically aerate the soil. This allows the wastewater to once again flow and filter out through your drain field. Septic Drainer is a small investment, especially when you consider the cost of replacing your drain field. It some cases that can cost more than $10,000!
Septic Drainer is easy to use, non-toxic, made in the U.S.A and most importantly, IT REALLY WORKS! By adding 1 gallon of Septic Drainer to your system every six months you can avoid costly repairs and unpleasant experiences. If you have a drain field that is already in failure mode, add four gallons directly to your distribution box for a “shock” treatment to get it flowing again. Visit us at www.septicdrainer.com to view testimonials from septic professionals who depend on Septic Drainer for their own customers! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook!
Helpful Hints: You can maintain your septic tank every day… for FREE! Don’t flush foreign things that don’t belong in your septic system: cigarette butts, diapers, dental floss, coffee grounds, feminine hygiene products or grease and fats from cooking. Also, conserving water can help to keep from overloading the septic system. For example, don’t do several loads of laundry at once and then wash the car. Check your toilets and faucets for leaks and repair them. Dripping faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water every year!