At Sauer Septic, we recognize that even though almost everyone with a septic system understands the role the septic tank plays, not everyone has a clear understanding of the importance of the drain field and what steps and services you should consider to keep it performing as it should. To address that issue, we’ll start with what the drain field is. It is a system of specially engineered pipes that eliminate and manage waste and impurities from the water released from your septic tank. The pipes that make up your drain field are typically buried underground. These pipes usually contain a porous material like gravel and prevent septic tanks from simply overflowing and causing unpleasant odors on your property. Without a drain field, the effluent would contaminate the soil and ground water. With that overview of drain fields in place, let’s review the services we offer and offer some tips to keep your drain field operating as it should.

Drain Field Services & Tips [infographic]

  • Regular Professional Inspections- Even if you don’t have your septic tank pumped every year, you should still have a professional check out the entire system, including the drain field, at least once a year – or sooner if you notice a problem.
  • Personal Inspections– You should keep an eye on your drain field between professional visits for symptoms it is being overwhelmed or not draining properly. Soggy areas, lush grass, and odors are clear signs of a problem.
  • Tackle Repairs Promptly– Septic problems do not go away on their own and have a strong propensity for getting worse and more costly to resolve. It might be a simple blockage that can be remedied in no time.
  • Replace When Necessary– A drain field won’t last forever, and you shouldn’t try to drag it out once it has shown signs of failure if you want to avoid environmental contamination that affects your property value and the health of your family.
  • Be Informed– We are always happy to advise you about the proper care of your septic system, including what you can and should not introduce to the tank and drain field, keeping landscaping from damaging it, and staying clear of the area with heavy equipment.