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At William Dustin Septic, we’re here to help you take better care of your septic system, from your tank to your drain field. If you’re like most people and tend to forget about the drain field out in your yard, here are a few reasons why you should appreciate it a little more.

3 Reasons Why Your Drain Field is So Important (and Tips for Taking Better Care of It) [infographic]

  1. It’s where the final stage of wastewater treatment occurs—After wastewater flows from your home and through your septic tank, it comes to your drain field, where the final stage of wastewater treatment happens.
  2. It distributes and filters water underground—Through a series of perforated pipes, your drain field distributes and filters wastewater, so it can safely be absorbed into the ground.
  3. It provides simple, affordable treatment—Compared to your septic tank, your drain field is a relatively simple system that requires little maintenance to work properly.

Taking Better Care of Your Drain Field

  • Practice water conservation—If you use too much water at one time, your drain field can get overloaded. Space out showers, loads of laundry, and other activities that use a lot of water.
  • Actively prevent clogs—Don’t put grease, oils, or fats down the drain and make sure you aren’t flushing anything but human waste and toilet paper down the toilet.
  • Don’t park on it—Heavy objects can crush the pipes within your drain field, so avoid parking or placing objects on top of it.
  • Don’t plant on top of it—While your drain field may simply look like a large expanse of dirt, planting trees or shrubs on top of it can get in the way of it working properly.
  • Schedule regular inspections—The best way to keep your drain field in good shape is to stay on top of regular inspections.