Last time we talked about what an amazingly intuitive system a septic leach field is for the environment. Utilizing bacteria that occurs naturally to treat water on your own property is the ultimate in self sufficiency. At B&B Pumping here in the Fort Worth area, we strive to keep your septic system running as efficient as possible. Without regular maintenance, your septic system will become clogged and not disperse wastewater as effectively. A septic system issue is generally not given much thought until the alarm goes off, indicating a backup. When this occurs it is time to give B&B Pumping a call to evaluate the situation as well as recommend any repairs that may be needed. Many times an issue begins in the leach field and is not noticed until it reaches the septic tank. At this point the problem could be extremely complicated and expensive to fix. Don’t let your system get to that point with these tips.
Leach Field Care
Care of your leach field, or drainfield, can be as easy as being conscientious about what you put in your drain. Much like the main septic tank, your leach field is populated by several million good bacteria. In order to function correctly these bacteria need to have a nice cozy place to work and a steady supply of sewage to feed them. These colonies of friendly bacteria are responsible for breaking down the potentially toxic water that flows into the leach field. They live in the gravel surrounding the drain pipes and are much more delicate than many realize. Common household bleach can decimate the bacteria in your leach field, causing inefficient operation of the leach field. Being careful with the amount of chemicals you dump down the drain is the best way to keep the leach field safe.
It’s A Field…
Your leach field is probably not even recognizable from the surface. Leach fields are identifiable when the weather is dry due to the lush vegetation that tends to spring up around them. Grass on your leach field is not necessarily a big deal and is expected. What you do not want is tree roots intruding on your leach field. Tree roots can destroy the pipes and disperse the bacteria holding gravel. When a pipe is compromised, the slow, controlled flow of water into the leach field is out of balance and can overwhelm the system. This will flood the leach field and lead to a nasty mess in your yard. These days root intrusion is not as common due to the fact that plastic covers are increasingly being placed over the top of the drain lines.
The leach field is only one part of your septic system, and if the entire system is not functioning at its maximum, the performance will be greatly diminished. At B&B Pumping, we can keep your system at its best. From yearly pumping to unexpected emergencies, we have our clients covered. Give us a call today and see what we can do for the efficiency of your septic system. We proudly serves folks throughout Fort Worth, Decatur, Azle, Haslet, and Weatherford — reach out to us if you’d like to learn more, or if it’s time to schedule pumping services.