Your drain field, also known as a leach field or leach drain, acts as a barrier to remove contaminants and impurities from the liquid (known as effluent) that emerges from your septic tank. It is made up of trenches with perforated pipes and a porous material, like gravel. It is then covered with dirt to prevent animals from getting to the water. The effluent is slowly absorbed and filtered by the ground. The less absorbent your ground is, the larger your drain field needs to be.
Regular drain field inspections are needed to ensure the effectiveness of your drain field. A malfunction in your drain field system can lead to bigger problems, possibly resulting in the loss of function of your entire septic system. By getting a drain field inspection every few years, you will be more likely to catch any problems early on and avoid costly and extensive repairs.
You should seek out drain field inspections when:
- It has been more than three years since your last inspection.
- A heavy vehicle has driven over your drain field.
- You notice wet soggy areas above the drain field or soggy bright green grass.
- There is a foul odor near the drain field.
- You are buying or selling a property with a septic system.
Here at Tampa Septic, we have over thirty years of experience in the septic industry. We are committed to preserving the beauty of our state, the health of its waters, and serving the residents of the Tampa, Florida area. We will perform a thorough drain field inspection so that you can know the exact condition it’s in.
Contact us today to schedule your drain field inspection.