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SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECT DIAGNOSE REPAIR
SEPTIC CARE INSTRUCTIONS
SEPTIC D-BOX INSPECTION
SEPTIC DRAINFIELD FAILURE DIAGNOSIS
SEPTIC DYE TEST PROCEDURE
SEPTIC FAILURE SIGNS
SEPTIC INSPECTION & TEST GUIDE
SEPTIC LIFE EXPECTANCY
SEPTIC SUPPLIES & PARTS
SEPTIC SYSTEM DESIGN ALTERNATIVES
SEPTIC SYSTEM DESIGN BASICS
SEPTIC SYSTEMS, HOME BUYERS GUIDE to
SEPTIC SYSTEM SAFETY WARNINGS
SEPTIC TREATMENTS & CHEMICALS
SEWAGE & SEPTIC CONTAMINANTS
SEWAGE BACKUP, WHAT TO DO
SEWAGE BACKUP TEST & CLEANUP
SEWAGE BACKUP PREVENTION
SEWAGE CONTAMINATION in buildings
SEWAGE CONTAMINANTS in FRUIT / VEGETABLES
SEWAGE EJECTOR / GRINDER PUMPS
SEWAGE LEVELS in SEPTIC TANKS
SEWAGE NITROGEN CONTAMINANTS
SEWAGE PATHOGENS in SEPTIC SLUDGE
SEWER BACKUP PREVENTION
SEWER GAS ODORS
SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT
SINKHOLES, WARNING SIGNS
SMELL PATCH TEST to Track Down Odors
SOAKAWAY BED FAILURE DIAGNOSIS
SULPHUR & SEWER GAS SMELL SOURCES
TOILETS, INSPECT, INSTALL, REPAIR
TOILETS, DON'T FLUSH LIST
TRAPS on PLUMBING FIXTURES
TREATMENTS & CHEMICALS, SEPTIC
VIDEO GUIDES: Septic Videos
WASHING MACHINES & SEPTIC SYSTEMS
WATER SOFTENERS & CONDITIONERS
WATER SUPPLY & DRAIN PIPING
WASTEWATER TREATMENT BASICS
WATER, WELLS, WATER TANKS: TESTING GUIDE
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
Exactly where should you look to find the septic drainfield or soakaway bed? This article helps you find a septic tank, D-box, soakaway bed or drainfield and other components by identifying locations at a building site where those components could fit and should have been placed.
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Where should we expect to find a septic system drainfield or leachfield when we're exploring an existing homesite?
This article series and our accompanying septic system location videos explains how to find the leach field or drainfield portion of a septic system.
We include sketches and photos that help you learn what to look for, and we describe several methods useful for finding buried drainfield components. (Septic drain fields are also called soil absorption systems or seepage beds.) Also see How to Find the Septic Tank.
The septic system video#3 at right describes walking an 18 year old homesite by a lake to find the septic system components. We observe one area that by its space and absence of trees and rocks is almost certainly the drainfield location - a fact later confirmed by the owner.
This particular drainfield is uphill from the septic tank and the home which it serves. A septic pumping system will be needed. More videos on septic system location & maintenance are at SEPTIC VIDEOS.More videos on septic system location & maintenance are at SEPTIC VIDEOS.
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Suppose we have no documentation and no idea where the drainfield is located. You can walk the building site looking for where a septic field could possibly be placed based on space, soil, and terrain conditions as well as distances from property boundaries and from a well if one is present. Our video at the top of this page gives a site walkthrough example of that procedure.
If you cannot find any candidate locations for a drainfield, go back to "square one" and start with our Septic Tank Location article. Once we can find the septic tank itself, the septic tank outlet defines the location of the effluent drain line that leads to the leach field. But remember that a drainfield may not be installed at all. There could be a seepage pit, or nothing, yet the septic system may appear to be working, depending on the level of its usage and soil characteristics.
Wet Areas may Show a (failing) Drainfield Location
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