Most septic sewer systems have drainfields, i.e., shallow excavations that wastewater treatment experts make in unsaturated soil. Typically, property owners cover these excavations with a soil layer and landscape using herbaceous plants like ornamentals grass. Drainfields generally accept, treat, and get rid of wastewater after it's discharged through perforated pipes and allowed to percolate through the soil in the treatment system. Eventually, the treated water joins the groundwater, ready for use. Unfortunately, most sewer system users face several problems that only trained and skilled drainfield restoration experts can fix. Some of these are listed below.
1. Water puddles
Water puddles in your yard are common after heavy rains. But you should call a drainfield restoration expert if it hasn't rained for a while and you discover pools of stagnant water close to your septic system. That is the right course of action because most pooling water issues arise from flooded drainfields. If you overuse or overwhelm your septic system, it will eventually be unable to absorb the wastewater and flood, leading to stagnant water patches on your property. Detecting small water pools may be challenging, but they have signs like unusually lush vegetation close to your wastewater treatment system. Failure to act quickly and hire experts to fix this issue is detrimental because water puddles are ideal mosquito-breeding grounds. In addition, your loved ones may contact or consume the water and develop complications like gastroenteritis.
Backups are among the most common issues drainfield professionals face. This problem mainly manifests when debris and objects undermine the adequate flow of wastewater from your home to the drainfield installed. Besides a drainfield, your septic system has a special tank, which is supposed to trap solid waste and let liquid waste pass through to the drainfield. If it allows solids to reach your drainfield, eventually, accumulation will lead to blockages and backups. In addition, improper drainfield use may interfere with its ability to function effectively. If, for instance, you park heavy automobiles or erect a shed or any other structure on your drainfield, the soil will compact, compromising drainage. And the slower the drainage process becomes, the higher the likelihood of backup problems.
3. Sewage odors
Sewage odors are the most obvious sign of a failing septic system that demands to be checked and fixed by drainfield restoration experts. This odor is distinctly similar to rotten eggs' smell and comes from harmful gases like ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. It's generally a sign of clogs and blockages, which lead to sewage backing up in the long run. You are also likely to notice a sewage odor in your home when the drainfield floods and the ground above it saturates with untreated wastewater, which has an unpleasant, noticeable, rotten-egg smell.