How Do You Clean a Fouled Drainfield?


To understand how Speedy Rooter team do their job in a drainfield cleaning project, it is also important to know how the drainfield actually works.

A drainfield is designed to absorb wastewater and treat it before it reaches surface water. Without a drainfield, waters will be contaminated as there is no designated place for wastes to go.

Speedy Rooter knows very well how drainfields are built. This is the only way they can be effective and efficient at work. A well-built drainfield should be away from the house and at a location not far from the septic tank. The recommended and average distance of a drainfield from clean water or from a backyard garden is 10 feet. This will prevent wastewater from leaking and mixing with clean water or seeping into garden soil.

One of the main causes of a drainfield getting fouled is because there isn’t enough bacteria to break the solids in the septic tanks. And if this happens, it can mean buildups will be faster and wastewater passages will be blocked. This poses grave danger to the environment and to people and animals living in and around the premises.

What if this happens despite trying to maintain and prevent the issue? Homeowners or business establishment owners can rely on Speedy Rooter to do their job! Speedy Rooter’s process includes proper preparation of tools and equipment like shovels, garden hose, and the blueprint of the house or building for easy access to where the septic system was built.

Once the location of the drainfield is found, they will need to mark where the septic tank is and start digging. The trenches to be dug should be at 18 inches deep, enough to see the hatch to open the tank. The septic experts will then start pumping the tank, purposely to clean it out because it is useless to clean the drainfield alone without first cleaning the source of the wastes that fouled it.

A drainfield solution will then be poured into the drainfield for treatment or can be poured right into the funnel and be allowed to flow out into the drainfield through the outflow pipes. Sometimes, if the “T” section does not have a distribution box, Speedy Rooter does not have to connect a funnel but goes straight to pouring the treatment into the drainfield.

Best Tips

When dealing with drainfields, they recommend maintaining it like maintaining any other parts of the house. They advise not driving or parking vehicles over a drainfield. Keep pets, people, and heavy equipment away from it. Heavy equipment and vehicles constantly passing through the drainfield may cause damages to the pipes while allowing it to be accessed by pets or people can be hazardous to health.

They also recommend not pouring chemicals into the toilet or drains because these can kill the bacteria responsible for breaking down the solids inside the tank. They do not recommend planting trees or shrubs in the drainfield, especially if the roots of the plants can grow large roots underground. If that happens, it can break through soil and cause damages to the pipes and even to the tank itself.


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