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SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECT DIAGNOSE REPAIR
SEPTIC CARE INSTRUCTIONS
SEPTIC D-BOX INSTALL REPAIR
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 BACKUP PREVENTION
SEWAGE EJECTOR / GRINDER PUMPS
SEWER GAS ODORS
SEWER LINE REPLACEMENT
SINKHOLES, WARNING SIGNS
SOAKAWAY BED FAILURE DIAGNOSIS
SULPHUR & SEWER GAS SMELL SOURCES
TOILETS, INSPECT, INSTALL, REPAIR
TRAPS on PLUMBING FIXTURES
TREATMENTS & CHEMICALS, SEPTIC
VIDEO GUIDES: Septic Videos
WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES
WATER SOFTENERS & CONDITIONERS
WATER SUPPLY & DRAIN PIPING
WATER, WELLS, WATER TANKS: TESTING GUIDE
WASHING MACHINES & SEPTIC SYSTEMS
WASTEWATER TREATMENT BASICS
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
How to spot drainfield clogging failures: this septic system inspecting testing and maintenance article describes septic drainfield (soakaway bed, leach field, drainage trench) clogging failures among the types of septic system failure in the drain field, leach field, seepage bed, or similar component.
We list the causes of each type of septic component failure, and list the septic component failure criteria or in other words what conditions are defined as failure?
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Wastewater Disposal Field Clogging Failures / Septic Effluent Disposal and Septic Drainfield Failures
This is an important question as it distinguishes between relatively
low cost maintenance or repair task and a costly septic leach field replacement.
We also discuss what can be planted over and near a septic drainfield and what should be avoided.
Readers should see SEPTIC DISPOSAL FIELD CLOGGING INSPECTION, also see SEPTIC DRAINFIELD RESTORERS? where we describe the use of chemicals, treatments, septic tank additives, to try to restore failed or failing sluggish septic drainfields or leaching beds or soakaway beds.
There is an important distinction between septic effluent disposal and septic effluent treatment. Traditionally people figured that if they could flush toilets and use sinks and showers without seeing septic effluent again outside on the ground surface, the septic system was "working fine". Really this describes successful effluent disposal - getting rid of the liquid waste. And when effluent disposal failures occur, people are forced to repair or replace the septic system or drainfield.
Successful septic effluent treatment (as opposed to disposal) means that the effluent being released to the environment (as ground water for example) is sufficiently sanitary as to avoid contaminating nearby wells, rivers, streams, lakes, etc. with pathogens or chemicals from the wastewater. We explain this point further at DISPOSAL vs TREATMENT.
Typical causes or symptoms of apparent septic drainfield failure range from things that are easy and cheap to repair, to a need for complete system replacement:
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