Posted on: 16 January 2019
If you have a septic system, then you also have a septic drain field. This is where the system terminates, and it is very vital and necessary in order for your septic system to function properly. The drain field, however, can be quite sensitive. If you don't take good care of it, this could cause odors and problems with your entire system. Fortunately, taking proper care of the drain field isn't all that difficult, at least not if you can follow a few simple tips.
Never Pour Cooking Oil or Grease Down Your Disposal
One of the biggest mistakes people make is pouring cooking oil or grease down their garbage disposal. These people often think that's exactly what their garbage disposal was intended for, and they aren't afraid to use it.
However, garbage disposals and grease really don't mix. Too much grease or oil can clog up your septic system, including and especially the drain field. So, decide right now that you'll find another way to get rid of this clogging material, a way that won't have a negative impact on your drain field.
Reposition Your Roof Drains if Necessary
Sometimes, people will position their roof drains dangerously close to their septic drain fields. This will allow all that rain water to flow into the drain field.
While that might not seem like a big deal, the excess water, especially if you go through a rainy season, can make the drain field much less efficient. Over time, the drain field can even become permanently damaged and unable to do its job.
Take a look at your roof drains and if they are attached or feeding into your drain field, then you will want to do some repositioning to stop this from happening.
Plant Some Good Grass
Something else you can do to help maintain and foster a good drain field is to plant some grass around the drain field. Allow this grass to grow taller than you normally would.
This may not look ideal, but the grass is actually quite beneficial for your system. It will provide helpful insulation that will keep the field from freezing over or getting overly cold. The nutrients and waste in the drain field will also help the grass to grow, so once it's planted, it should take care of itself.
With so many options for keeping your drain field in great shape, there's no reason not to. With help from these tips and some extra attention, your septic drain field can function at its finest for years to come.Share