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4 Signs of Leach Field Failure

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Have you noticed the area around your leach field is wet? This is just one of many indicators there could be lead field failure or a problem with your septic system as a whole. Below are 4 signs to look out for and what to do about it.

1. Ground Saturation or Puddles

The purpose of a leach field (or sometimes called a drain field) is just that – wastewater should absorb into the soil and get broken down by bacteria. So, one of the most obvious signs of a failed system is if the leach field or surrounding area is wet, mushy, or even puddling. This means the wastewater is not properly draining and there’s an issue with the pipes or tank itself.

2. Slow Drainage or Backup

Have you noticed your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets are draining slower than normal or have stopped working entirely? This could be another sign of leach field malfunction. Keep in mind that slower drainage could happen for a number of other reasons too, so be sure to consult a professional to determine the root cause.

3. Excessive Grass Growth

While lush green grass is typically something you want in your yard, when it’s on the surface of your leach field, it’s not exactly a good thing. This could mean there’s extra water and nutrients that are causing increased growth. And excess water in your leach field is never a good thing and could mean your system isn’t disposing of the wastewater as it should.

4. Smelly Odors

Of course, none of us want sewage odors to be permeating around our homes. These odors coming from your leach field, tank, or drain pipes are another sign there’s a problem. A properly working septic system should dispose of these types of odors.

The leach field is an essential component of your septic system and any issues need to be addressed quickly. If you notice any of these signs, call (603) 945-7355. One of our technicians can evaluate the issues and work with you to resolve them.

Did you know that one of the main causes of a leach field malfunction is not having your tank pumped on a regular basis? Like many other things in your home, your septic requires routine service and pumps (typically every 2-3 years). Schedule yours today to help prevent future failures and costly repairs. For more information about your leach field and how best to keep it working properly, read more about leach field maintenance here.

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