If you own a septic system on your property, it’s important to understand that your drain field is an essential component of that system. To ensure your system continues to work efficiently, you’ll need to keep your drain field clear and free of debris. Why is this important? Read on to learn more.
What is a drain field?
A drain field, sometimes called a leach field, is a necessary part of your septic system. On the surface, it usually just looks like a grassy area of your yard. But underneath, there’s quite a bit going on. Under the ground of your drain field, there are a series of trenches, pipes, and septic components all connecting to your septic tank. As your tank breaks down waste, the wastewater is released into the pipes. These pipes run the length of your drain field, and effluent eventually spills out evenly in the field.
Why should you keep your drain field clear?
Although it’s safe to have grass and some plants on your drain field, there are some things you should be aware of. It’s important to avoid planting trees anywhere near your septic tank or drain field. Tree roots are attracted to septic waste and can penetrate the pipes underground as they try to reach it. There are also invasive shrub species that can do the same type of damage. Be sure to research what plants you plan to use on your drain field or consult a septic tank professional.
What else should you avoid on your drain field?
Besides invasive plants, you also must keep your drain field clear of all vehicles or heavy equipment. Never drive, park, or use heavy machinery over or around where your septic tank is located. Heavy machinery or vehicles could damage your underground tank.
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