The drain field is one of the more fragile parts of a septic system. Several things can easily damage it, and old age can finally take its toll. Often, the drain field can be repaired and “live to fight another day.” In some cases, drain field replacement is the only solution for keeping your septic system running safely and efficiently.
Lakeland Septic is a licensed Florida septic contractor with more than 15 years’ experience in drain field installations. We replace old drain fields, and we install first-time drain fields for developing properties.
What Can Harm a Drain Field?
Your drain field can become damaged in several ways:
- Heavy vehicles driving over it
- Building and construction being done on top of it
- Roots from trees and shrubbery invading it
- Grease and fats from the septic tank getting into it
Often, the first signs of drain field malfunction are strong sewage smells near the field and damp or soggy patches of land above or around it. These signs tell you that there’s a problem, but they don’t tell you exactly what caused the problem, how extensive it is or if drain field replacement is necessary.
When drain field problems arise, the Lakeland Septic crew will inspect your drain field and talk with you about the issues you’ve been experiencing with it. Based on what we find, we’ll either recommend repair work or a new drain field installation.
Quick Drain Field Overview
A drain field is an area of perforated pipes that receives liquid sewage from an adjacent septic tank. The purpose of the field is to filter the liquid and gradually disperse it into the surrounding soil.
A well-built drain field should give you 25 to 30 years of good service. Repairs may be needed along the way, but that’s to be expected with any part of your septic system that works 24/7/365.
Eventually, however, an older drain field will no longer be able to perform. Additionally, a newer field can fail after suffering major damage. When this happens, we need to look at drain field replacement.
Are You Building a New Home?
Lakeland Septic regularly performs drain field installations and entire septic systems on newly developed properties that aren’t served by a local sewer line.
A lot goes into planning a septic system installation, and it will pay you to work with an experienced team that understands septic installation inside and out. We also know all the permitting procedures and how to do everything by the book and according to code.
If you’re building a new home and have never used a septic system before, our crew will be a wealth of information for you. We’ll consult with you on the structure of your new system, how it works, what can damage it, how to use it, and how to spot early signs of problems so you can get them fixed quickly.
Call Your Drain Field Experts Today
When it’s time for a new or replacement drain field, it’s time to call the experts at Lakeland Septic Company. We’ll be with you every step of the way and leave you with a well-built, properly installed drain field that will serve you well for many years.