Restoring A Drain Field

Specialized methods will restore the manner in which a drain field works. Clogs, inadequate aeration and drainage, and worn materials can contribute to a septic system backing up and excessive puddling within the drain field (leach field).

An Assessment And Unclogging Methods

A plumber may use underground footage and aboveground visual cues to determine if a septic line is clogged or if compacted soil is to blame for liquid waste backing up or puddling. The assessment will determine the course of action that a plumber will take. They may begin with a jetting session.

This session will essentially flush the septic lines. If a septic tank is full and solid waste has filled the tank, a standard pump-out procedure will be performed. A jetting process and a pump-out can be conducted simultaneously. These two processes can effectively eliminate blockages and ensure that solid and liquid waste is routed properly.

Inadequate Aeration And Worn Materials

Organic, nonorganic, and biological materials are typically present within a drain field. The right combination of these materials should be present. The proper amount will prevent soil from becoming compacted and will reduce foul smells. As a result, liquid waste that is released from a septic system will be able to drain adequately. There will be no foul odors present, which would be a direct result of the liquid waste.

A plumber can assess the soil composition and use a testing kit to determine if the materials within the field are properly balanced. A plumber can excavate any soil layers that do not contain the proper composition. They may mix materials within the soil that will restore it. If the soil is clay-like in consistency, this may be indicative of liquid waste pooling along the surface of the ground.

The installation of an underground drainage system can aid with remedying soil that doesn't filter liquid waste. Old septic lines and other worn parts should also be examined. If any parts of a septic system are compromised, they should be replaced with new components. Replacing some of the materials will be cheaper than having an entirely new septic system installed.

Upon restoring the septic system, a plumber may use an aerator to infiltrate oxygen into the soil. An aeration tool or machine will reduce clumps that were previously affecting the manner in which the drain field operated. A septic system should be inspected in the future. A plumber will provide a property owner with a timetable that outlines when inspections should be performed. 

Reach out to a local plumbing service to learn more about drain field restoration.

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