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Signs You Need to Replace Your Septic Drain Field

Septic systems are set up on properties that are not connected to the municipal sewer system. A healthy drain field is crucial to the overall efficiency of your system. Our licensed septic professionals in Culpeper County can help you install a new drain field or repair your current one. Culpeper Home Services handles residential and commercial septic systems.

Since the drain field—and the rest of your septic system—is buried underneath your property, issues with your system are likely to go unnoticed until the problem surfaces in your home. Signs of drain field failure include:

  • Persistent drain problems (clogs, back ups, slow drains)
  • Wastewater rising to the surface above your drain field
  • Surprisingly green and healthy grass growing near your septic tank or drain field (due to wastewater flowing up)

The most common cause of drain field failure is wastewater pooling in the system. This occurs when the septic tank is full. Other problems that can damage your drain field include poor piping installation, construction work, vehicles running over the drain field, tree root intrusion, and lack of septic system maintenance.

A well-designed and properly installed drain field can last about 20–30 years. Timely maintenance and septic tank pumping will prevent excess wastewater from accumulating in the drain field and help it operate at full potential.

The Drain Field Installation Process

Drain field installation is a large-scale project that requires a significant amount of planning before installation can begin, including:

Signs your septic tank needs pumping:

  • An initial site visit to assess your property and discuss your needs
  • Percolation testing to measure the rate of water absorption in your soil 
  • Acquiring permits to begin drain field installation or replacement 
  • Coordinating with an engineer to design your drain field and septic system

Our experts will help you every step of the way, from the initial visit to the final installation. The actual installation can take a few days or it can take up to three weeks. Factors that need to be considered include the size of your home and septic tank, soil characteristics, and obstacles caused by your landscaping or terrain.

Can Drain Field Failure Be Repaired?

If your indoor drain issues are caused by clogged pipes, inlet baffles, or effluent filters, we can easily fix the problem for you without having to consider drain field replacement. In some cases, drain fields affected by excess wastewater can also be dried and restored.

However, drain field failure becomes inevitable over time. After about thirty years, the soil surrounding the drain field will teem with friendly microbes, making it difficult for the soil to efficiently absorb wastewater. This is why septic system inspections are highly recommended before you buy a home—particularly if it’s an older property

Schedule Service Now

Contact us today at (540) 845-3653 to schedule an initial visit by our Culpeper County drain field installation experts.

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