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3 Signs that You Need Drain Field Repair

Here at Sauer Septic, we want to help you do what’s best for your home, and specifically what’s best for your septic system. One key part of any septic system is the drain field, which consists of a network of pipes and filters that treats the wastewater from your tank and slowly releases it back into the water table. While drain fields, like septic tanks, are designed to last for a long time, they do require maintenance and occasional repair to stay in peak working condition. In this article, our team will go over three signs that you need drain field repair to help you keep your system working as it’s supposed to.

  1. Wet or Squishy Ground. One sign that indicates that you may need drain field repair is patches of wet, soggy, or squishy ground in your yard, particularly if they occur above or near your septic system. This is a sign that your drain field is not releasing wastewater correctly, and if you notice this happening to your property, we encourage you to give us a call to get this problem corrected.
  2. Foul Stench. Another indicator that you likely need drain field repair is a persistent bad odor that hovers over the area around your septic system. A properly functioning drain field and septic system will trap the stench of sewage and prevent it from leaking into the air, so if you start to smell this disgusting odor, something is definitely wrong.
  3. Suspiciously Green Grass. A third sign that you need drain field repair may come as a surprise or even appear to be a good thing, as this sign takes the form of unusually green and lush grass. Specifically, if the grass around your drain field is noticeably greener and fuller than the rest of your lawn, then you likely have a sewage leak that needs to be corrected right away.