Here are some of the most common drainfield issues. When you notice any of these problems, contact Septic Masters right away.
If your pipes are backing up into your home, there are a number of issues that could be wrong with your septic system. If the backup is a dark color and has a very bad odor with it, chances are it’s the drainfield.
If you notice a strong smell of sewage in the area of your drainfield or if there is standing water in the area and it hasn’t rained recently, it’s a sign that the drainfield is overworked or is failing. Also look around the area for patches of grass that are discolored.
Finally, if you need more frequent septic tank pumping, it can indicate that there’s an issue with the drainfield. Normally, a septic tank needs pumped every three to five years, depending on the tank size and how many people are living in the home. We will inspect the tank each time we pump it, including checking for drainfield issues. We also keep records on when your septic tank was pumped. If we see that your tank is needing pumped more often than necessary, we will talk to you about it and inspect the drainfield more closely.
There are some specific issues within the septic tank that indicate drainfield problems, too. These are often the issues we look for when diagnosing a drainfield problem. One of the things we will look for is where the floating liquid and scum are. If they’re above the tanks baffles or if the liquid effluent is higher than the tank’s distribution box outlet, there’s a problem with the drainfield.