Common Stages of Septic System Failure
The process from septic installation to the development of hardpan soil includes the following:
- You install or have a septic system handling the waste from your home.
- Over the course of time, salt in the waste water begins to bond with the soil around your drain field and creates a waterproof barrier (known as hardpan).
- Waste water then builds up around the drain and leach field, unable to escape or drain through the soil below, because “hardpan” is blocking it.
- At this stage, waste water drainage has become greatly reduced, causing drains in your home to slow down, back up or even worse: stop working altogether.
- As soon as your drainfield floods because waste water cannot escape through the hardpan soil, the aerobic bacteria (air-dependent organisms in the dirt that clean the waste out of the water) can no longer get air and die / drown.
- The above causes even less drainage, which forces liquefied sewage to float the the surface. (i.e. Wet spots on your lawn and foul septic odors lingering on your property and emitting from household drains.)