How to Tell if You Need Drain Field Repair

While many people use the term septic tank to refer to the whole system, it’s important to know that your septic system contains multiple parts and understand how those parts work. For instance, the drain field is the part of your system that filters liquid effluent and ultimately releases the treated water back into the ground. Like any other part of your system, your drain field might occasionally malfunction, and it’s important to be able to recognize the signs of trouble. In this article, our team at Marion Pumper will go over how to tell if you need drain field repair.

  • Backed-Up Sewage. One sign that you probably need drain field repair is backed-up sewage in your drains. Sometimes backups like this occur because your septic tank is full and overflowing, but it can also happen when liquid effluent can’t drain correctly into the drain field pipes.
  • Standing Water. Another indicator that you need drain field repair is standing pools of water in your yard. If it hasn’t rained recently but there are still pools of water on your lawn, particularly if those pools are around your septic tank and drain field, you should call our team to have your system inspected.
  • Patchy Grass. A third sign that you need drain field repair can be found by looking at the condition of your lawn. If your grass appears unusually unhealthy–or unusually green and lush–in certain areas, especially the area around your system, then you most likely have a drain field problem, and we encourage you to give us a call right away.