Drainfield Repair

Drainfield Replacement

Drainfields may fail because too much wastewater has been flushed into them, keeping them constantly saturated. If too much water sits in the drain lines, a bacterial mat forms along the trench walls, and water cannot seep through it.

Let our drainfield replacement team make sure your new system can handle a specific amount of wastewater to protect and prolong the life of your drainfield. We’ll take into account the number of people in your household or employees in your office, and we’ll choose the right system to accommodate your needs.


Drainfield Replacement and Repair


If you are in the need for a drainfield replacement then it is important to know your drainfield options. The drainfield is the final part of the septic system that receives the water and allows the percolation into the ground. There are options in the method and configuration of how the septic system drainfield can be designed. There are many drainfield products on the market. Making the right choice can be the difference between a 10 year drainfield replacement or a 25 year drainfield replacement.

Septic tank risers and lids are a very important component of the septic system that allows the septic technician to access the filter and baffle inside the tank. There are different types of septic system effluent filters.

We give you the pros and cons of each type of drainfield and configuration and let you decide which is best for you. We figure that an educated consumer can decide what’s best for their septic system needs.


A drip irrigation system can be used to fit your septic system on a tight lot or lower the septic mound and shrink the overall size of the septic system to allow the installation of other features desired by the homeowner. Also, some people just don’t want a mounded septic system. The use of Geoflow drip irrigation allows the system to be more aesthetically pleasing.

What Does the Drainfield Do?

When liquids are drained into the septic tank, they divide. Heavy liquids such as oils and grease sink below the plain water. This water doesn’t need to remain in the septic tank since it is fairly clean. Water used in cooking, showering, and even most of the water flushed down the toilet is free of harmful contaminants. Once the heavy contaminants settle below the water, this effluent can exit the septic tank through small pipes that connect it to the drainfield. There, the soil filters out the remaining contaminants, and the water is used by the plants and grass growing above the field for nutrients.

When your drainfield no longer functions correctly, it can lead to flooding, drain backups, and more. Repairing your drainfield can also be an expensive and disruptive process. We do everything we can to minimize this disruption and cost, but most drainfield repairs do require a good amount of work because the pipes are buried. However, if you understand the signs of damage and we can get into your drainfield while the problems are still fairly minor, you can save a good amount of money. Here are some of the most common issues with a drainfield.

Signs Your Drainfield Needs Repairs

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.