September 19th through the 23rd is the 10th annual Septic Safety Week, an initiative spearheaded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Their goal is to promote septic safe practices and to educate all on how to keep families, neighbors, and communities safe. Miller’s Services is on board, and in this blog, we are going to dive into a few topics surrounding septic safety.
Do you know where your drainfield is?
A drainfield, otherwise known as a leach field, is a vital part of your septic system. It’s not all about the septic tank! Our first caution is to never ever drive over top of your septic’s drainfield. If you think about it, it makes sense. According to the EPA, vehicles in the U.S. weigh on average just over 4,000 pounds. That is too much weight to sit on top of your drainfield.
In order to avoid any issues that can come from driving over your drainfield, we highly recommend you share the location of your drain field as well as septic tank with family members so no one accidentally causes damage.
Once you know where your tank and drainfield are, you’ll be more prepared for the day you decide to add on a deck, install a pool, extend your driveway, or even build a storage shed. Keeping in mind the location of your drainfield and septic system can help save you from making mistakes which could lead to costly repairs in the future.
Can I do or put anything near or on my drainfield and septic tank?
Yes, actually! We highly encourage you to do your research about what native plants you could plant on or near your drainfield and septic system, but here are a few starting suggestions from the EPA:
- Plant grass or native plants. These are good covers for your drainfield.
- Stick with shallow rooted plants as thicker roots that extend further can cause damage to your septic system.
- Avoid water-loving plants and trees and stick to native, drought-tolerant plants.
- Make sure your septic access points remain clear for easy access.
What happens if my drainfield becomes compromised by tree roots or other damage?
If you see any signs such as water saturation or flooding in the drainfield area, spongy and bright green grass over the drainfield, or notice any odors coming from that area, your drainfield may be damaged and you’ll need to call a professional right away. If you neglect these issues, untreated sewage could come to the surface. This can contaminate well water and local rivers. If this happens to you, call Miller’s Services straight away!
Let’s work together to keep our families, neighbors, and communities out of harm’s way with safe septic practices!
Interested in other tips and educational resources for keeping your septic system safe? Check out the EPA’s Septic Smart Quick Tip Video Compilation below!
Share the Quick Tips Visual from the EPA with your family members!