It is important with a septic system that you not only watch what you put down the drains, but that you also be careful about how you use the area around your septic tank. This area is called the septic drainage field. The septic drainage field is responsible for getting rid of the contaminants that get into your septic tank. Here are four simple tricks that will help you take care of your septic drainage field.
#1 Be Careful With Your Vehicle
The first thing that you need to do is be careful where you park your vehicles. You should not park your vehicles on top of your drainage field. This will compress the soil over your drainage field and possible lead to your drainage field and septic tank getting damaged. You should also make sure that you route your driveway around your septic field as this could compress the soil as well.
You also should not park smaller vehicles on top of your septic field, such as riding lawn mowers or ATVs; these can also compress the soil and compromise your drainage field.
#2 Keep Trees Back
Next, you are going to want to keep trees as far away as possible from your septic field. Trees have deep root systems, which means they will send roots out a great distance in order to access water. If you plant trees too close to your septic system, their roots could end up penetrating your septic tank and pipes and cause expensive damage to them.
#3 Plant Short-Rooted Items
You don't have to leave your septic drainage field completely exposed. It is a good idea to plant short-rooted items over the top of your drainage field. The best short rooted items are grasses, but shrubs and flowers work well too. Covering up your drainage field with short-rooted plants will keep the soil in place without compressing it and will provide your septic field and tank with a certain level of natural insulation against the cold in the winter.
#4 Keep Water Away
Finally, you don't want extra water pooling up near your septic tank, and you don't want your septic field to flood. Try to route roof drains away from your septic field. If you have a sump pump, make sure that the water is pumped away from your septic field as well.
If you follow the four simple tips above, you should be able to protect your septic system drainage field and ensure that everything flows properly. If you need more information, talk to a professional like those at Carolina Pipe Pros.