Septic systems are complex systems that require a lot of moving parts to operate properly. When a component breaks down, the whole system can fail to drain, and sewage backups can happen.
Fortunately, septic repairs can be relatively inexpensive if you know what to look for and hire an experienced professional.
A septic tank is a storage area for wastewater from your home. This water contains harmful contaminants that can pose a health risk for you and your family.
Septic systems use natural and mechanical processes to treat this waste before returning it to the ground. They process sewage that comes from bathing, washing dishes, and doing laundry.
Your septic system needs to be regularly pumped and inspected to ensure that it’s working properly. This maintenance will help prevent septic problems in the future.
If you notice sewage in your backyard or the drains near your septic tank, it could mean that your septic system has reached its end of life and requires repair. This is a serious issue that should only be handled by a professional.
Depending on the cause, you may be able to fix a minor problem or need to replace your septic tank completely. It’s best to have your septic tank repaired as soon as possible.
A septic tank is usually made from steel, concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. Concrete tanks are more durable and resistant to tree roots and soil conditions, but they are often more expensive than plastic tanks.
In addition to being more expensive, concrete septic tanks can also corrode faster and have a shorter service life than plastic tanks. They are more difficult to transport and have a longer installation and repair time.
A septic tank is usually located below the ground and has a drain field or absorption field in its vicinity. This field removes the excess liquids and waste from your septic tank. The drain field can get clogged or overflowing, particularly when there is high rainfall or snowmelt in the area. This can damage the tank and absorption field, causing them to fail.
Drain fields help absorb wastewater from the septic tank and move it to the ground. They are a network of pipes, trenches, and gravel that work together to treat and filter your wastewater before discharging it into groundwater.
The drainfield consists of a series of perforated pipes that are laid within trenches filled with gravel and soil. The gravel filters and aerates the wastewater to ensure it is clean and healthy.
During the filtration process, soil naturally helps bacteria digest and remove organic materials from the wastewater. This prevents sewage from flowing to the ground or creating backups in your toilet or sink.
Because the drainfield is located outside your home, it is important to avoid putting any objects in the way of its functionality. Heavy vehicles, parked cars, storage sheds, and paving installed too close to the drainfield are all things that can cause damage or disruption.
If your drainfield is experiencing a problem, it may be time to have it repaired or replaced. There are several different options for septic repair and replacement, each of which is designed to solve the specific problem you are having with your drain field.
One option for a drainfield restoration is to use the Terralift machine, a technology that loosens buildup in your pipes. We then introduce new aerobic bacteria and a slow-release oxygen powder that will regenerate your absorption drain field.
This is a very successful and cost-effective alternative to a full drain field replacement.
If you need a septic drainfield repair, professionals can handle it quickly, efficiently, and within your budget. Contact us to learn more about our drain field repair and replacement services.