With so many things that can cause drain field problems, the best course of action when you suspect septic problems is to call a septic contractor. It can be challenging for you to diagnose the issues on your own, and you will need them anyhow to perform restoration or drain field repair. Here are just a few drain field problems that could be plaguing your septic system:

6 Common Drain Field Problems

  1. 6 Common Drain Field ProblemsIt’s Past Due for Septic Pumping or Septic Cleaning Services – It is important f to be on a regular schedule for septic tank maintenance to maintain the health of your system.
  2. Tree Roots – There are a number of trees that have root systems that go far beyond what a homeowner expected when they first planted a tree seedling. Those roots can infiltrate a drain field, as well as other components of sewage systems, and really cause a lot of trouble. Roots even tend to grow toward drain fields because it is their job to find water for the tree.
  3. Grease – Homeowners should avoid putting grease down drains when they have septic systems, as the grease can cut off the oxygen in the drain field, making it unable to perform its duties.
  4. Outdated – Septic systems put in many years ago were not designed to handle the capacity of today’s modern homes and large families. When this is the case, a complete septic system replacement may be the only option.
  5. Sludge Overload – Septic systems are more than just a tank for waste. They are a balanced system that uses bacteria to reduce sludge and sulfite buildup. Today’s households often use strong household cleaners that upset this delicate balance and lead to septic problems.
  6. Vehicle Damage – The drain field and its associated piping are not built to sustain weight and can become easily damaged by vehicles parking on them. Since many drain fields are located in front yards, this can be a common problem when a family has more vehicles than their garage and driveway can support. Even if the vehicle does not collapse the system, it can compact the soil, which is also detrimental.

If you smell odors, notice water pooling on the drain field, or have backups into the home, there is a good chance you have a problem with the drain field. Call an experienced septic contractor to diagnose the problem and provide drain field repair.


For drain field services in Brandon FL, contact us at Brandon Septic. We have over 30 years of experience in the business and would be glad to answer any questions you may have. Call us today to schedule an appointment!