Finding a drain fields location in your septic system can be challenging. Today we will talk about some ideas for you to try that might help you locate where your drain field is at.
First you want to take a look at your yard and observe what you see. Alot of times you can't really tell where the septic system drain lines are just from looking but if you know the signs to look for it is definitely possible. You want to look for color variation in the grass. If you see a line of grass that is greener it's possible you could have a septic line right there. Dead grass or depressed areas are also possible signs of septic drain line locations.
Second, you will wanto to check to see if there are any septic records from when the septic system was installed on your property and the location was recorded. The county usually has a record due to the fact that permits have to be given in order to install a septic system. Sometimes if you are able to talk to the designer or installer who put the septic system in they can tell you where the lines are located. If you happen to find a drawing of the system and it's location you can't always take it to be 100 percent accurate.
Third, you can go around and probe the ground, feeling for gravel. If you find some gravel where you think the drain field is located it is possible you are close to a line. When a drain field line is burried underground it is backfilled with gravel all around it which allows the effluent to leach into the soil for efficiently. This is a final step of the treatment process of your sewage waste water. If you have native soil that is rocky or hard it is going to be difficult to probe into the ground. This option might not work for those who live in locations with this type of condition for soil.
Why is it important to know where my drainfield is?
Being Septic Tank Masters, we write a lot about septic tanks, but the drain field is probably the most critical part to an effective septic system. The drain field is where the majority of the actual treatment takes place. If you are wanting to extend the life of your drain field but you don't kno where it is located you are going to have a hard time doing so. If you happen to drive over the lines you risk damaging them. A heavy vehicle's weight can crush a drain line due to the fact they are not burried very deep in the soil. A good practice is to leave your drain lines in an area where they are out in the open. If you decided to build over them it will make it harder to access them in times of repair or inspection. Plus having a building over your drain line can cause damage in itself. Lastly, try to stear clear of planting any plants, especially trees, near your septic drain field. Roots have been known to cause damage, costing homeowners money that could have otherwise been avoided.