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Promoting the Longevity of the Leach Field

The leach field is a vital part of your home’s septic system. This area is where the effluent that drains from your septic system is treated to final processing and released into the ground so that microbes in your soil can safely finish breaking it down. Your leach field should be able to repeat this process for decades, but there are some practices you can make to enhance the longevity of this aspect of your septic system.

Leach Field Overview

Septic systems provide on two components to process waste as it leaves the home. Waste travels to the septic tank where bacteria break it down for safe removal. Some of the waste remains as sludge that must be removed from your tank periodically, but most travels as liquid from the tank out into your leach field where the breaking down process is completed with the help of your soil’s microbes. Essentially a field of drains, the leach field contains perforated drains that release the treated effluent into the ground where it can safely join ground water. Gravel is usually embedded along the pipes to aid in the filtering process. The gravel and pipes then covered with soil, hiding the system from view and from prying animals.

Serious problems can occur with your septic system when there is a drain field clog, so homeowners must take care not to flush anything that shouldn’t be going out into the system. Most leach field systems will last between ten and twenty years, but with excellent care, some have lasted even longer.

Enhancing the Longevity of Your Leach Field

With effective care, you can support the longevity of your leach field. Septic tank experts suggest that you first respect the plumbing system by not flushing anything down the toilet that shouldn’t be introduced into the septic system. Paper towels, baby wipes, or even food can create serious clogs in the system that require expensive fixes and also reduce the life of your leach field.

You can also care for you septic system by spreading out water usage. For instance, try not to run your washing machine and dishwasher at the same time. Spread out your washes so that you’re not doing one after the other, which can overwhelm the system. For instance, your septic tank might not be able to contain the amount of water you release into it. This results in liquid entering the leach field before it has been adequately processed in the septic tank. This ineffectively treated effluent can cause problems for your leach field, particularly if you make a habit of overwhelming the system.

Finally, don’t forget to schedule routine maintenance of your septic system. Maintenance performed by septic system professionals will enhance the well-being of your entire system. You may be able to fix small issues before they can become serious problems. You definitely don’t want your leach field to cause environmental concerns or affect your well water. For this reason, it’s important to work with professionals who know how to keep your system operating safely.

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The Do’s & Don’ts Of Septic Repair From Septic Tank Pumping Lilburn GA Flanigan Brothers

Family Lying In Pile Up On Grass TogetherConventional septic tanks are wonderfully efficient designs that only need pumping once every four years or so. With good care, they last as long as 100 years. If you treat your septic tank as if it were a simple cesspool, and dump every type of waste that your home produces into it, your system won’t be very useful. To retain efficient function, you need to know the correct way to use a septic tank.
In a septic tank, solid human waste and other natural waste are broken down by anaerobic bacteria present in the system. These bacteria, though, are only able to function in a natural environment. You need to make sure that you don’t do anything to disturb the natural flora present in the septic tank. The pointers here should help.

What not to do with a septic tank system


Don’t dump too many solids into your septic tank

If you were in a home with municipal sewage connections, you might get away with throwing all kinds of things down the toilet – cigarette butts, wet wipes, ripped up paper and so on. In a septic tank, though, the bacteria present are not able to biodegrade these items. Non-biodegradable solid items clogging up your system will cause an imbalance in the environment present in your septic tank, and render the bacteria ineffective over time.

Do not use chemicals

Bleach, chemical toilet cleaners, cooking oil from the kitchen, antifreeze, pesticides, drain cleaners and other strong chemicals can kill bacteria, and make the septic tank less effective. While small quantities of these items will usually not do much harm, large quantities certainly can. It isn’t even a good idea to run your washing machine more than once a day, unless you use a high-efficiency washing machine. With large amounts of soapy water being dumped in, the environment in the septic tank will soon lose the ability to break down waste.

Do not use a garbage disposal

While the bacteria in septic tanks are capable of breaking down solid waste, large amounts may be a problem. Keeping solid waste out of the septic tank as far as possible will extend the time that you can go between cleanups. Dumping large amounts of water in your septic tank can also cause problems.  
Don’t use additives: Many manufacturers advertise expensive bottles of additive that are intended to help septic tanks break down their waste quicker. These items don’t help, though.

The dos of septic tank use

Use mild products: Whatever soap, detergent or bathroom cleaner you use, make sure that it’s a mild product to avoid doing unnecessary damage to the bacteria in your septic tank.
Do check for blockages: If your internal sewage system contains a block, it will usually show itself as a stopped drain or one that’s slow to flow. You can easily check for blockages yourself, and remove them. Alternatively can call in a professional.

Do be careful with the leachfield: The leachfield, the system of pipes distributing relatively clean  septic tank effluent out, needs careful attention.It’s important to never park a vehicle over it.

A little training is all that it takes to keep a septic tank in top working condition.

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